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8 reasons you should consider seasonal work

Seasonal (or temporary) work is often considered a secondary, less desirable option when compared with full-time employment, but this is not necessarily the case. Below we share a list of reasons why you should consider seasonal work.

8 reasons you should consider seasonal work
  1. Access entry-level positions

Seasonal employment often offers entry-level positions that would be a lot harder to find in other sectors. This can provide a stepping-stone, giving you experience that could lead to a relevant career opportunity later on.

  1. Try out a new field of work or employer

If you’re looking to try out a new career path, or are interested in working with a different employer, seasonal employment can allow you to test this out safe in the knowledge that, if you don’t like it, you aren’t committed to it in the long term.

  1. Make use of unique skills opportunities

The variety of seasonal work opportunities available (at ski resorts, festivals and in retail or agriculture, for example) can provide you with the chance to enhance specific and sought-after skills that you might not be able to develop in other roles.

  1. Boost your CV

If you’re between jobs, seasonal work can be a great way of plugging the gaps in your CV, as well as providing you with valuable skills and much-needed income in the meantime.

  1. Open the door to further work

Just as seasonal work can provide you with the opportunity to test out working with a particular employer or in a certain field, it also allows them to test you out, and see how you fit into their working environment. If your employer finds that you are particularly hardworking and motivated, there is a good chance that you will be offered a long-term position.

  1. Develop a broader range of professional contacts

At the end of your seasonal employment contract, even if you’re not offered a full-time position, you will still have worked with a whole group of new people who could potentially connect you with future opportunities.

  1. Travel

A lot of seasonal work is based in the tourism industry, which can provide you with the opportunity to travel and work abroad, seeing new places and experiencing new cultures, while also being paid!

  1. Spend time outdoors

By its nature, a lot of seasonal work is based in the outdoors, as this is the work most dependent on the seasons and weather. There are many benefits to spending time outside, for example it can boost your immune system and have a positive impact on your mental health.

We hope these tips will inspire you to look into seasonal employment opportunities suited to your own career goals!

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