Career and salary dilemma- helppWatch
Both are for top brands.
If I stay with the temp job-
1. It pays more
2. It looks more impressive if I stick it out for a bit longer- I've been there nine months. What if I quit, my internship contract isn't renewed and they won't have me back?
3. It isn't an "internship"
For the internship;
1. It's more closely related to my field
2. It may well lead to a permanent job- but maybe not..
Stay or go, TSRians?
The internship is in exactly the field I want to go into. The temp job is the right industry but not the right role.
If it's financially possible for you to go with the internship, then that would be our advice. After all, the long-term value you will get from an internship that gives you direct experience in the field/role you want to go into long-term will outweigh the short-term benefits of receiving a higher salary. Staying longer in your current job is unlikely to look any more impressive at this stage in your career than nine months, especially as you have mentioned that it is temporary.
Additionally, the network of contacts you gain on your internship can be very beneficial for you in future - even if there isn't a permanent job at that particular company for you, they will almost certainly have contacts within the industry that they can recommend you get in touch with.
Hope that helps!
Chantelle & The Milkround graduate team
Go for it - in the grand scheme of things, you have little to lose and playing safe never gets you anywhere.
But then they'd probably definitely give me a job eventually if they liked me enough for the twelve month one? But a minimum wage internship for twelve months when I already have some experience..
Particularly early on in your career, or any time you want a change of focus/career, you often need to suck up lower pay to get the opportunities. You've only got 6 months with this first company, you aren't in a position to negotiate much, but then you probably haven't got massive financial obligations - get the experience you want.