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    Contract and temporary jobs?

    Are they a waste of time?

    As I am winding down my dog days here at a university I have been wondering what kind of jobs to apply for. Now I know it is a shot in the dark as to whether or not I can even get a job, but, I was wondering if it would be worth it to look into contract jobs.

    Would this be of any use for getting different types of experiences? I was thinking that they can be such short jobs ( a coupe years sometimes) that I could dip into (potentially) different areas of the field.

    Any advice?

    Mike

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    Quote Originally posted by northam01 View post

    As I am winding down my dog days here at a university I have been wondering what kind of jobs to apply for.
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    Definetely take on whatever type of work you can to get the experience, even if it is not directly related to planning. You never know where one job might lead. My portfolio is a mixture of internships (paid and unpaid), class work, full time planning work, and independent contract work. Besides, it will be very difficult in any economic climate to land a full time planning job without some related experience outside the classroom.

    Hope this helps-
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    Quote Originally posted by northam01 View post
    Are they a waste of time?

    As I am winding down my dog days here at a university I have been wondering what kind of jobs to apply for. Now I know it is a shot in the dark as to whether or not I can even get a job, but, I was wondering if it would be worth it to look into contract jobs.

    Would this be of any use for getting different types of experiences? I was thinking that they can be such short jobs ( a coupe years sometimes) that I could dip into (potentially) different areas of the field.

    Any advice?

    Mike
    Work on meeting as many other planners as you can. Build relationships. Your social capital is the most valuable thing in finding a job and navigating your career.

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    My first job out of undergrad was a contract job. It was only supposed to be a 3-month gig but ended up going nearly a year. It gave me a lot of that I didn't get in school, my undergrad degrees were in public administration and economics and this was working at a private grantmaking foundation, and allowed me a lot of freedom to set my own schedule and not be as tied to a particular employer as I might otherwise be.

    My only complaints were that as a contract employee you are responsible for taking care of all of your withholding taxes and if you don't plan accordingly, there can be some big consequences. Also, the lack of insurance wasn't so great, but hey, I was young and indestructible!
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    Interesting takes. I have been looking for anything t apply for but now I see perhaps I narrowed my scope a bit too much. Thanks all,being reassured is always nice.

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    I just graduated last year and im in a 6 month contract postion right now (typeing this at work right now!) and I just applyed for another contract job.

    Ive talked to my teachers/parents and others that are allready well into their jobs and most people start by working contract jobs. The main idea is to build experiance and gain relationships, rather than income.

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