Today’s working environment is characterised by a large number of temporary roles. Maternity leave, extended sickness absence or cover during organisational restructuring are all reasons why a temporary member of staff is sometimes needed.
However, a time limited contract can often be a major advantage – read on to discover four amazing benefits a temporary veterinary job can bring.
1. Gain niche experience
If you’re only used to general practice, finding an opportunity to gain further experience in a particular niche (with exotic pets or farm animal health, for example) can be a challenge. The competition for temporary posts is frequently less than for permanent roles, meaning employers may be more likely to take on someone who doesn’t have so much relevant experience.
2. Improve your transferable skills
With the ability to adapt to a changing work environment now a key strength in any job candidate, being able to successfully manage in a variety of temporary posts is an excellent way of demonstrating your skills in this area. It will also show a willingness to take on new challenges, which is always a bonus.
3. Find out what you like
If you only ever work in one or two practices, you won’t know what you’re missing. Every surgery operates differently and it’s only by comparing different employers that you can find out what suits you best.
4. Increase the chance of full-time employment
A temporary post is a great opportunity to shine – and you never know what may come out of taking the opportunity. In a surprising number of cases the member of staff whose job needs covering on a temporary basis doesn't return, leading to a permanent vacancy arising. If you’ve already shown you’re the type of candidate the practice wants, there’s every chance your application for the permanent job will be successful.
The numerous benefits of temporary roles make them attractive propositions for any animal healthcare professional. Use them as a stepping stone to permanent employment, or simply as a great way to improve your professional experience while enjoying the freedom and flexibility a temporary role brings.