Temp Work for College Students: How a Temporary Job Can Prepare You to Enter the Workforce

Temp work has a lot of benefits for job seekers, especially for those in college or recent college graduates. It is an option that college students should explore for a number of reasons:

1. Exploring careers

One great thing that a temp job will enable you to do is get some experience in a profession that you might be interested in as a career. You get to find out what the job is like, what the actual day-to-day duties and responsibilities are. You also get to work with people who are in the profession and can give you their advice and opinions about the job.
Or if you are not sure what kind of career you want to pursue, you can take temp work in different types of jobs.
Getting this exposure can make a big difference for your future plans. For example, many college students who are interested in becoming attorneys take temp jobs in law firms. As a result, some find out that the job is not at all what they thought it to be and switch their majors to something else. One short stint working a temp job saved them tens of thousands of dollars they would have spent for law school.
Conversely, many others find out that they really love working in the legal field, and so the temp work serves to assure them that they are making the right choice of careers.
And since the work is intended to be temporary, you can try out different jobs without being labeled as a job hopper.

2. Work Experience

Another valuable benefit of temping for college students is the work experience they gain from it. They learn new skills and knowledge, all of which look good on a resume. Moreover, almost three-fourths of all temps are offered full-time jobs at the companies they work at, according to the American Staffing Association.
You get to see what it is like to work at different companies, which may help in deciding where to apply for a full-time job. You also get to meet people in your future profession who can provide advice and information and begin to build a professional network.

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