So, you don’t want to be obligated to one company or put all your financial and career eggs in one basket. You like your days to be unique and varied, maybe working on one or two different projects for a specific period of time. Seasonal jobs aren’t limited to the retail world, but are often available in other industries, from technology to the arts.
Susan Shain, vet of seasonal jobs and travel expert, details the benefits of being free to work for several companies and on varied projects, and how you can manage such a flexible work experience:
The benefits: living in places where others vacation, a guaranteed crew of like-minded friends, ability to travel in the off-season and constant change.
The costs: crappy wages, zero benefits, being far from home and constant change.
I love seasonal jobs and have been working them for years. But it’s not all sunshine and unicorns; I don’t remember the last time I was home for Christmas.
On the other hand, I’ve also worked in places where people spend thousands of dollars to vacation, and I’ve saved enough money to travel to several new countries a year. The thrill of new friends and not knowing where I’m going “next season” is what makes me happy.