Taking out a phone contract every 12 months doesn’t seem daunting and is arguably the most logical step when trying out the newest eyeball recognition, voice activated, HD 3D ready phone, so why should it be any different for your career?
Interim is seen as an appealing option to many, particularly those in the senior jobs market, but the desirables of being an interim are also apparent in the earlier stages of your career. By stepping into contract roles you are instantly taking control of your career and expanding your experience and knowledge across a broad range of disciplines and sectors.
Perhaps one of the most desirable factors of interim and contract roles is that they give you the chance to take control of your working life. You have the means to move through different sectors and can organise your working year around your non-working life.
The opportunity to develop in different sectors, working for different companies and on a variety of projects is something that many interims relish. Plus, once you have moved through a few interim or contract roles, you will start to build a name for yourself and the next role will become easier to find.
Interim positions offer you far more flexibility than permanent roles. Day rate contracts are well suited to individuals who require a work/life balance, a reduced working week and enjoy going into a business for a short period of time to focus on a specific project. You get paid for the days you work and these contracts can be easily extended and offer complete flexibility.
When managed correctly, you should see an increase in what you earn. With day rate contracts, as you are not on the company’s pay roll you do not receive the benefits like a permanent employee. However this is reflected in an increased day rate salary.
Throughout the year you could be working on a number of contracts or projects with a variety of companies. If you feel you are able to turn your hand to different projects and sectors quickly, and make a difference, then this is your type of challenge.
In a permanent role, it is easy to get bogged down in the company politics and long term stresses. Day rate and FTCs eliminate these concerns as you are there to focus on a specific project, for a finite length of time.
If this has sparked your interest, then that’s the first step. If you are interested in hearing more about contract and interim work, then contact us. We host regular events on becoming an interim throughout the year so keep an eye on vmagroup.com for more details. Here you will also find a day rate calculator, an FAQ section and a general information page about contract roles. Remember, if you try it and don’t like it you can always go back to permanent and VMA Group will be there to help you either way.
By Naomi Hamilton
Consultant, External and Marketing Communications Practice, Interim