Deciding whether to switch from temp to permanent employment?
September 13, 2012 1:52 PM Subscribe
For those who made the switch from temp to permanent work, what factors did you consider, what helped you decide?
posted by glache to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have been a contractor for just over a year now. The place I'm currently at, 2 extensions have been offered to me, both of which I accepted without hesitation. Now the permanent recruitment's taking place. Issues are:
1. I'm not sure whether I accepted the extensions because I liked the place, or because the job hunt was failing miserably. I think it's both.
2. I'm not sure whether *they* offered me the extensions because they liked me or because they were truly desperate (this place has had very high turnover due to a bad manager but now that she's been replaced by a really good one that's all about to change). If it's the latter, I'll have no advantage over any other candidates who apply (and I suspect it'll be very competitive)
3. I'm based entirely at one hospital at the moment. The permanent recruitment's recruiting for the district, which covers 3 hospitals. So I may not necessarily be based at the hospital I'm now in. If this is the case and I have to adapt to a new workplace all over again (though of course the differences won't be as great), I'd rather do that while being on the move and travelling.
4. With the market as it is, permanent's not permanent. Well, it never is but job cuts have just been made. At the moment our jobs as entry level people are safe but who knows. So why should I settle for permanent that is foreseeably temporary when I can just continue being temp?
5. I'm scared I will ascend to the top of the learning curve (it's a small, subacute hospital, i.e. no weird or wonderful cases) and also exhaust the sense of tourist novelty. Part of the reason I temp is because I think ok I have x amount of time to explore the area so I'm out every weekend. I'm worried the thought of being permanent, I'll take the area for granted and not explore. And I don't want that.
But then I'm worried that these doubts I'm having is simply my commitment phobia talking. I'm single so I have no-one to tie me down and make me stay at a particular place. Money's not an issue as I've earned more than enough (about 1.5x market rate) from this current place at the moment to be comfortable for a while. I guess I should go with the pros now:
1. It's far away enough from my parents that I can be independent (this is the major point). If I became permanent, it would be my first time renting and setting up a place, i.e. being a grown-up (as a temp work has always provided the accommodation and before that I was at uni living with the parents which means yes I've never had permanent employment before).
2. It's a nice area. Plenty of things to do (yes I do know what I wrote for point 5 above, and that's why I'm really scared).
3. Work colleagues are all really nice. We've all gone out for dinner multiple times.
4. It would be nice not to have to job hunt every 3 months.
What other factors should I be considering in whether I should make the switch? Is it something you should have no hesitation about? (like me accepting those extensions?) Or is normal to have thoughts like this?