Being an interim professional has some great advantages. But that doesn't mean you don't still need the benefits of a community, networks and connection.
In fact, many considering interim careers often ask: “will I miss being part of a corporate team?”
When you’re used to a corporate environment, being without a permanent team of colleagues can sound a bit intimidating. Who would you call when you want to bounce ideas off someone? How will you stay updated on new technologies and trends? Who will commiserate with you when you need feedback on a difficult project?
Having peers is important to your career and mental health. Luckily, there are several ways you can be an interim professional and have a work community, too. Here are just a few of them.
1 Use the buddy system
Start by reaching out to other consultants in your industry. It’s as easy as asking them to meet for coffee. Meeting up regularly with other consultants is a mutually beneficial way to share insights about your industry and interim life overall.
2 Work with a talent firm
Working with a talent firm, like Korn Ferry, is not just about helping you find work. You’ll have access to events such as education programs, career coaching, or skills development.
3 Get to know your client teams
Even if you’re only at a client site for a few months, it’s worth putting some effort into getting to know the team. Just asking client team members where to get lunch or starting a conversation in the office kitchen can help you feel like part of the crew. And, after your project is finished, you’ll have new connections in your contacts list.