With college graduation comes a lot of excitement.
No more early classes, no more staying up at night studying, no more tests.
But because graduating college could also be stressful, as finding the right job is often anxiety producing, Peter Vogt of Monster.com recommends temping for recent college graduates in his article “The Benefits of Temping for College Students and Grads.”
“Taking on temporary assignments can be a way for college students and new grads to do their own testing — with respect to their career plans, at least,” Vogt writes. By working for a temporary employment agency, they can test-drive potential careers, while saving time and money on the wrong ones.”
Vogt goes on to write that while temping is a great way for college students and recent graduates to make money while also learning new skills, it’s also very empowering and provides the rare chance to try out jobs in specific industries and companies without a long-term commitment.
Phil Blair, executive officer of Manpower Staffing Services of San Diego, the third-largest Manpower temp-firm franchise in the United States, told Vogt for the article that both the temp service and the temp employee are using each other to each’s gain.
“Students can temp to gain exposure to a specific industry-related skill set — for example, marketing, venture capital, law or banking — or to get a foot in the door of a specific company,” Blair said. “Meanwhile, the staffing agent is getting an opportunity to have a very bright and articulate candidate represent his or her firm in an important assignment that needs to be filled.”
Anna Ivey, author of The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, told Vogt that because temping is temporary, new graduates can temp without any kind of resume penalty because they aren’t expected to stay in one position for a long time while they’re in school, adding that the career exploration upside is huge.
“And these days, even recent college graduates aren’t penalized for temping for a while, because it looks more professional for people to do their homework on different careers and niches by temping than to accept a series of ostensibly permanent jobs and being faithful to none,” Ivey said. “Employers would much rather see a serial temp than a serial job-hopper, even if the actual job experience ends up being the same on both types of resumes.”