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I know there are many folks out there who aspire to temp when they grow up. Trust me, it’s not all glitz and glamor. Sure, you get to type formulas into Excel, insert slides in PowerPoint, and wrestle with the copy machine all day. But strolling through the fluorescent-glowing hallways of corporate America is not all that it cracks up to me, believe me. There are some notable downsides.

You Don’t Know the Office Politics. This may vary depending on your stay but you’re usually not there long enough to develop friends and/or enemies. Depending on how large your company is, you may not even know the people around you. I’ve just finished my first week on my first temp assignment and I’ve only met a handful people. The 3 other temps I work closely with, 3 supervisors, and 1 other employee. Okay, so maybe that’s not so bad. But even if you develop a bad rap with a colleague or two, you’ll leave before you do some serious damage. And if you make some friends, you’ll get references for future employment opportunities. Okay, some maybe this is a plus, after all.

You’re Getting The Grunt Work. This should be a no-brainer. How many doctors temp? Do you see astrophysicists or organic chemists temping? No, they “consult” and make a hell of a lot more money than us lowly temps. But of course they have that “fancy education” and brain power that makes their skills marketable. Unless you’re an accountant, computer science, or financial professional, most likely you will be doing admin work. Which means Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Right now I’m proofreading ads for a well-known supermarket chain in the Northeast. Not exactly the most glamorous work in the world but hey, it gives me a paycheck.

You Don’t Have Enough Time to Know the Layout of the Land. Thus far I’ve gotten lost trying to find my little workspace, though I’ve been finding it quicker each time. I barely know where the bathroom, the kitchen, and the egress are located, let alone navigating to where the merchandising or forecasting people sit. By the time I figure those places out (if I ever do) it will probably be time for me to leave.

In a nutshell, temp work is eponymous–it’s temporary. You’re not there to make friends, learn life lessons or advance your resume. You’ve been given a task or two and are there to see to its completion. I plan on getting in, collecting a paycheck, and getting out. But I’ll keep my head up and my eyes open along the way.

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I need to get a hold of this book.

It’s called “The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One” by Margaret Lobenstine. It’s designed for people who just seem to have too many interests to focus. That points to me to a tee. I love writing. I love astronomy. I love history. I love political science and philosophy. I love science fiction. I love movies and TV. I’m interested in just about everything and if I’ve never explored the subject before, I find I can get intrigued about it quite easily.

If I ever do get a copy, I’ll be sure to write a review about it and post it here.
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