Getting your foot in the right job market is essential for any young person. However, finding a full time job is impractical if you have little experience or are still a student. Temping and interning are both great options offered to college students and recent college graduates. Take a look at the pros and cons of each and decide which is a better path for you.
Temping allows one to get a job without committing to it full time. This is an easier way for you to get a nicer job because companies are looking for qualified people—without strings attached. They are able to hire temps and save money because they do not have to worry about paying health coverage or paying full-time salaries. This does not mean that you will not make good money, though. Since temp work is usually only a few weeks or a few months, they often get paid more.
However, there are some disadvantages to temping. You will not receive health benefits and the time period of the job can be very short. Also, many companies look for long-term employment so temporary work may not look as good.
It is easy to make a temp job look good on a resume. Roberta Matuson, president of Human Resource Solutions, says, “Volunteer to take on additional responsibility that you know will look good on your resume. And don’t forget to do a good job so that you can use your employer as a reference.” If your career goal is to work for a magazine, landing a temp job as a copyeditor for a publishing company is going to look a lot better than a year working at a fast food restaurant.
Interning is typically a good way to connect with companies that are aligned with your career goal. However, many internships are unpaid and can include a lot of grunt work. Several worthy internships will also require you to travel and pay for it out of your own pocket.
But internships can provide hands-on job experience. Working side by side with a movie producer will help you gain much more knowledge than any office job or classroom will be able to give you. Unlike temping, internships can also provide you with college credit.
Both temping and interning have many advantages that make them good choices when looking for experience in the career field. When compared to each other, temping usually leads to more money and can be easier to break into while interning can give you access to more impressive companies.