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Advice for Contractors – Justin Smith

Advice for Contractors – Justin Smith

July 12 2017

Justin Smith relocated to Edinburgh from Australia last year and has been contracting through Wilkinson and Associates.  Here he answers our questions about his experience of contracting since his arrival in Scotland.

Why did you decide to get into contracting?
I got into contracting because I had just moved to the UK from Australia and was unsure how long I would be here for. I felt that contracting was the best way to continue my career without the long-term commitment of a full-time role.

What do you feel are the benefits of contracting?
I think that it can give you the flexibility of gaining experience in multiple roles over a relatively short period of time, but at the same time if you do enjoy a particular role or company, it still may be possible to stay there long term.

What do you feel your contract positions add to your CV?
My contract role has given me experience in an industry that I may not have had a chance to work in under other circumstances, so I think that it will definitely open up a lot more roles for me in the future. I believe that it also shows that I am quite flexible and experienced at adapting to change, which is invaluable on a CV.

How did you find the interview process for contract roles?
I can only really go by the one interview that I have had for a contract role, but I didn't find any differences between it and any other interview that I have done before.

How does contracting compare to a permanent role?
I think it probably depends on the role and the company, however in my experience I haven't found there to be many differences at all. The only one that I can think of is that there is not necessarily a formal professional development program as there is for permanent employees at my company, but that's not to say you can't arrange for a more informal set up. Although I'm the only contractor in my team, there's really no difference between what I do and my place in the team compared to others in the team.

What advice would you give to people who are thinking about contracting?
As long as you're ok with the relatively lower job security to that of a permanent role, I think that the benefits that I've mentioned above far outweigh the negatives so I would thoroughly recommend it.

If you are interested in the contracting opportunities that we currently have available please contact us on contractors@wilkinsonandassociates.co.uk or call us on 0131 225 8030.

Aisling Burke
Consultant 

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