Should you consider becoming an Interim?

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For most people who have had a salaried job their whole career, the thought of moving to a contract format can be daunting. While the initial concerns may be about job security, these are often unfounded. As a senior professional with 10-15 years’ experience, you have a wealth of knowledge that’s valuable. With interim contracts spanning several months and sometimes even years, these can be similar to permanent roles, but with added benefits.

In this article we touch on some of the benefits to help you decide if being an interim is for you.

Opportunity to broaden your expertise

Some sectors such as telecoms are under pressure to speed up infrastructure development to meet growing technology needs. While this may be a younger sector compared to others in construction, there are many parallels between job functions.

Taking on an interim role in a different sector provides an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a new way. At the same time, you can gain specific expertise in a growing sector. You’ll have an opportunity to work with newer technologies and get to understand challenges specific to that sector. This can increase your value as a senior professional, regardless of whether the next role you seek is permanent or another interim one.

Re-ignite passion for your career

It’s quite natural to enter an inspiration slump as you get further on in your career. Doing more of the same rarely requires ingenuity or innovation. By contrast, working as an interim, you’ll likely have a specific goal to achieve within a set time frame. Companies frequently bring in interims because they’re looking for a fresh perspective.

The process of having to find solutions requires energy, creative thinking, collaboration and engagement. All of these can help re-ignite your career passions and even highlight where new interests and opportunities might exist.

More freedom and control

As an interim there is a greater level of freedom in that you can choose which projects you want to work on. You can also negotiate contract terms that suit you. For senior professionals that are looking for more flexibility working, this is an ideal way to make that happen.

Once you start to establish a reputation as an interim, you’ll find companies will be more willing to accept your terms, to get you on board. Being able to deliver on project objectives is the catalyst to being able to work your way, and it’s worth it!