Graduates: Attempt Temping

Dear, Anita,

I just graduated from college with a degree in business. But I have no idea what I really want to do! I’m paralyzed with fear that I’ll start down the wrong career path and wind up doing something I hate. What should I do?

Dear, Dazed Diploma Holder,

GraduatesIt’s only natural to feel some trepidation as you begin your job search and your career. But rest assured, you’ll never be stuck in a bad situation – career or otherwise – unless you choose to be.  You can always change jobs. And life is funny; even if you did have your one-year, five-year, and 25-year career goals all nicely laid out, fate often has a different plan.

So just get started! Here’s a great excerpt from Careerealism on why you may want to consider a temporary job.

“Some job seekers are hesitant to accept temporary or contract assignments because they are concerned if they commit to something short-term, they will miss out on opportunities for full-time assignments. This may be a bit short-sighted because many employers are now using staffing agencies (and sometimes internal recruiters) to ‘try before they buy’ job candidates.

In many cases, short-term assignments are being extended and even becoming full-time opportunities for some workers.

If you’re currently unemployed, determine if this assignment could give you some valuable income and also help build your resume. If you can answer ‘yes’ to both of these items, it might be worth accepting the assignment. If you do a good job, you may also be able to obtain a reference for future employers.”

Read the entire blog post at http://www.careerealism.com/job-seekers-temp-jobs/#rfDuA8cQybt8SwJV.99

While the blog mentions that employers can “try before they buy” job candidates, you as the job seeker can “try on” different positions to see what interests you and suits your personality best.

Readers: Readers, what was your first job out of college? Did it prepare you for your dream career?

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