You’re looking for work in IT, and you’re attracted to a few opportunities (or more than a few) with contract structures. They aren’t permanent employee roles and they may not be full-time, but you like what they have to offer. Your only hesitation: You aren’t sure if contracting is the right move for you. You’ve been told (by a parent, neighbor, blogger, or well-meaning stranger) that employee roles are good and contract roles are trouble. Should you believe these myths and warnings? Probably not. Here’s why.
Myth 1) Contract jobs pay less.
They don’t. There’s no clear difference between the per-hour value of a contract versus an employee role. This may have been true decades ago, but employers now value contractors just as many full-timers for similar roles. And in fact, since contracts allow companies to forgo hassles like insurance, health coverage, tax reporting, etc, they’re often more likely to boost per hour rates to attract contractors for needed tasks.
Myth 2) Traditional employment is more stable.
In our modern age, no employment is stable and no job is ever permanent. Don’t be lured in by the promise of an eternally loyal employer or the idea that you’ll still have this job 20 years from now. You won’t. Your employers will likely have moved on by then, and even if they don’t, you will. Pull up your anchor and accept that stability is no longer the status quo. Most workers are recognizing that the trade-offs (flexibility, mobility, and independence) are worth more.
Myth 3) Contracts lead to stagnation.
The opposite is true. Contracting means constantly learning new things, staying on the move, keeping up with industry changes, and working with new teams and new social groups. Full-time employment in one place with one job, one role and one group of people can slow your career much more than contract positions ever can.
Myth 4) Contracting means settling.
Again, the opposite is now true. Generations ago, most people wanted permanent jobs and those who couldn’t get or keep permanent roles had to “settle” for the next best thing. Now the script—and the demands of modern life—have flipped. Contract jobs are in high demand, especially those that pay well. Why? Because contractors have more freedom and flexibility than they’ve ever had before. Digital advancements have made remote work commonplace, and modern schedules have made flexible hours a necessity, not just a perk.
Before you say no to a contract role in IT, look closer. You might more opportunity than you think. For more, contact the team at Extension.