Well, since I’m in the process of leaving my current employer, end of October, I’m looking around for a new challenge and am set of switching to contracting. I’ve had a few interviews, all of which have reached at least 2nd interview which is promising, but all for permanent roles. What is putting me off is going from one perm role and culture to another where I’ve got to work hard at fitting in and adapting to that new culture whilst maintaining a committed, dedicated attitude. Last time I did this back in 1999 it didn’t work and I switched roles again after only 2 months! This is why I’m edging towards contracting and believe it offers a few more benefits. I’m not saying one doesn’t need to show commitment or dedication, but in the knowledge the contract is for a set period of time with a strong possibility of no extension, there is less worry about fitting in for the long-haul and more about doing what is needed to complete the contract. As well as a higher take home in contracting, if you find the right contract, I believe the changing environments will improve one’s experience and allow a much quicker adoption of the different cultures as one moves from contract to contract. Most contracts seem to require a resource for a specific need for the contract length and I think this will allow a focused energy on the job in hand whilst, if a technical role, challenge the mind and deepening the skill-set.
What I want out of a new role is a challenge where I can build experience and further develop my technical skills as I’m becoming aware they are not as deep as they should be and this is a result of becoming stale in the same environment for far too long. I believe contracting will offer this at least for a few years. I’m interested to hear the thoughts of others who have experience in this predicament.