More and more IT professionals are becoming aware of the upsides of contract work. Not only does it provide flexibility and freedom, it may be the perfect way for you to stay motivated, prevent boredom from creeping in and continue learning. That means you’re advancing your career!
New Systems and Technology
With every new IT contract comes new technology to work with, as well as new systems and procedures to become acquainted with. Not only does this make you a more well-rounded IT professional and continue to grow your skill set, it sets you up well for the future by adding points to your resume. Many contract IT workers feel their status as contractors is what keeps them up to date with trends in their field!
Contracting also means you’ll be working as a part of new teams over and over. Networking in this fashion and getting to know others in your field is never a bad thing. You just never know when you’ll come across a mentor who can help you greatly in your career, or when you’ll become a mentor to someone else. Plus, your name just may get passed on to someone else who needs IT help, providing you with even more work.
The Perpetual Search
Of course, working as an IT contractor means you’ll frequently be searching for new contracts once you’ve completed your current ones. For many IT contractors, this perpetual search is something they enjoy – seeking out opportunities to better yourself and looking for the work you actually want to do, can be very rewarding. Marketing yourself on a continual basis is a whole new type of challenge, and it’s one worth exploring.
Being Your Own Boss
Contracting as an IT professional, even if you’re working with a “middle-man” company that farms you out to different jobs, means you act as your own boss in many ways. For many, the challenges of keeping your own schedule, finding your own clientele, defining your target market and building your own personal brand represent new opportunities for learning and growth.
If you want to learn more about IT contracting and advancing your career in the technology sector, call OakTree Staffing today. We’re here for you!