June 12 2017

Temping – What It Is and Why It Is a Great Experience

Over the summer, rather than sitting around at home, I decided to have a go at temping. Temping is temporary office work and can last from 1 day to several months. I believed that temping would be beneficial, as it would help me learn new skills and gain further work experience, whilst also earning money. Companies will often look for temporary staff over busy periods or periods when they are understaffed, such as Christmas and Summer holidays. Most temps will typically provide office support and students will often be placed on reception or will be given a role as an administrative assistant.

Temporary jobs will typically be advertised by agencies. After sending in your CV, if you seem to be a suitable candidate, you will be invited into the agency’s office for a quick interview. If you have sent in your CV speculatively, you will have to be persistent when checking in to see if they have any upcoming positions. As the agencies tend to have large numbers of temporary staff on their books, positions will often go to those who have previously worked with them, or those who are keen to work. I would recommend that you ring the agency every morning, as occasionally, you can be asked to go to interview with the client that same day.

Temping can be handy for networking and gaining experiences in sectors and companies that you would otherwise overlook, but one of the most underrated benefits of temping is that you are entitled to the same benefits as permanent staff, such as holiday pay and sick pay. It can also lead to permanent employment, or in the case of students, more temporary work during your holidays.

I would highly recommend temping to anyone who is keen to gain further office experience and improve on their administrative skills.


Jumi Akinfenwa

Events Manager 2016/17

Durham University Women in Business