Temping – a smart career move?

Posted On 8 Sep 2023

Temping – a smart career move?

8 Sep 2023
Welcome to September's edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

The Assistants Newsletter

Welcome to September's edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

Welcome to September’s edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

This month we celebrate our 12th edition of The Assistants, the year has flown by! We hope you enjoy our topics and find our tips useful to implement into your professional life.

In September we explore ‘temp work’, the value it can add and the advantages to your career.

Much love,


Temping - a smart career move?

At some point every Assistant is likely to do some temporary or contract work. There can be a multitude of reasons. Sometimes it is an active choice, other times it is a necessity. Hiring managers often talk of the importance of longevity on your resume. However, temporary work can provide valuable experience and increase your skill set. Below are three of the most common situations:

1.      Early in your career temping can be a great way to experience different industries, cultures, and management styles. You might be unsure on the direction you want to take, industry or even job. Gaining solid experience via temporary assignments to solidify those decisions and expand your horizons to consider other options.

2.      Returning to the workforce. Temporary roles are invaluable to regain confidence, skills and to re-establish the whole working routine. When adding a child into the mix of getting ready for work in the morning, it’s a whole new ball game! Equally, your employer benefits from your experience, expertise, and immediate availability.

3.      If your role has been made redundant, temping is a fabulous way to keep your skills up to date and keeping you motivated. Redundancies can be tough! It is crucial to keep feeling positive, especially for your mental health. Temping also removes some financial pressures, that can cause us to make a reactive job choice instead of being well considered.

The benefits of temping are huge! Here are some of our top benefits. However, this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list!

1.      Temping offer’s exposure to many different working styles; your colleagues and bosses. Some you will like, some you won’t. Each role allows you the opportunity to fine tune your skills, pick up tips and tricks from peers and learn what you do and don’t like, enabling you to make a more informed decision about future career moves.

2.      Temping when in between roles shows a strong work ethic and adaptability. Employers love this, especially in our fast paced and ever changing world.

3.      You learn other ways of doing your job. This can be systems, processes, office protocols etc. You are also fine tuning your ability to adjust and learn quickly. In today’s working environment, this is a very much needed and highly desired skill. An extra string to add to your employability bow.

4.      A final aspect to temping is the likely option for a temporary to permanent role. You have the opportunity to shine and show your skills, attributes, and work ethic! This is wonderful for anyone not so great at interviewing!

Temping isn’t for everybody. Some assistant’s will never do any temp work and others will proactively choose to only do temporary and contract work. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, temporary work can deliver some extraordinary benefits!

Temping - a smart career move?

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About the author
Roxanne Calder
Managing Director

As Founder and Managing Director at EST10, Roxanne has an all-encompassing role that includes building and growing the business, as well as actively recruiting and consulting.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree at Monash University, Roxanne began her recruitment career with renowned recruiter Julia Ross. From there, Roxanne worked in HR and recruitment with a number of global players and boutique businesses throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong for over 20 years. She has been responsible for managing large teams and projects, implementing RPO models, managing and assisting businesses to an IPO and assisting companies in setting up their recruitment teams and processes.

Following completion of her MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Roxanne launched EST10 in July 2010. In doing so, she hoped to combine the flexibility and high touch service levels of boutique agencies with the structure and strategy afforded to larger firms. Roxanne believes in high-touch, high-care consulting and is always on the lookout for consultants that share this vision of recruitment.