Now that 2018 is here, it’s time to think about what you’ll do once you graduate. And that’s especially true if you’re graduating early.

Many college grads find temporary assignments a good fit. Why? Because they give you real opportunities to test your job options and get on-the-job experience before accepting a permanent position.

Essentially, you get to learn about the job world while earning money.

Here’s a closer look at the advantages.

Testing Multiple Options

If you’re like many college grads, you’re weighing what you really want to do. Should you pursue social media marketing or human resources development? Do you like the world of user experience or artificial intelligence? Do want to go on and get an MBA?

Taking any role in an organization, or going for relevant schooling, takes a commitment. It’s a commitment you might not be ready to make.

But with a temp job, one of two things can happen.

One, you can work as a temp during the day and continue to explore options through informational interviews and other methods.

Two, you can learn about options as a temporary employee. Temps are placed throughout organizations, large and small, on multiple assignments. You may have never thought about being a salesperson before, but a temporary assignment for a sales department may make you realize it may be an exciting career for you.

Gaining On-the-Job Experience

Getting a temp job after college will help you realize what real world jobs are like. The commute, the coffee, hanging out with other employees in the office or after work.

Through work interactions and conversations, you gain experience. You can learn about the department you work for and the ones it interacts with. It’s like an ocean cruise to test out the ocean, but without committing to sailing there the rest of your life.

Many organizations hire high-quality temporary personnel to become permanent. If the job fits you, you may move into a full-time position.

Again, it’s not uncommon to end up in an organization that gives you great on-the-job experience in knowing what you want and what you don’t want. If you don’t fit the position, you will know that — and you’re one step closer to knowing what you want.

A Staffing Agency Can Help

If you’re graduating and looking for a job, we can help. Discuss with us whether a temp position might be right for you.

At Graham Staffing Services, we offer both temporary and permanent placements. Contact us and check out job postings today.