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Overcoming challenges as an interim worker: Coping with uncertainty, isolation, and job insecurity

While being an interim has its perks, there will also be times when you will have to deal with uncertainty, isolation and job insecurity. In this article, we look at how you can overcome these challenges so you can enjoy a long and prosperous interim career!


Interims are often hired for their expertise and skills in a specific area. While this is flattering and gives you a lot of power within your team, it is also a lot of pressure. With great power comes great responsibility, after all. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, it is perfectly acceptable to reach out and ask questions. In fact, it will show your manager that you’re inquisitive and keen to get things right, the first time around. 


As an interim worker, it is likely that you will be working from home quite often. This means you need to get used to enjoying your own company and have coping mechanisms for those days when you feel a little lonely. While you may be working remotely, remember that your team are just a click away should you fancy a chat. Alternatively, why not make a coffee and give one of your friends a quick call? It’s important to remember that you would naturally chat with colleagues throughout the day if you were in the office, so don’t feel guilty for having a social break now and again. 

Job insecurity

Continuously developing your skills and knowledge is important for staying relevant and competitive in your industry. Take advantage of online courses, attend workshops and seminars, and seek out mentors to help you grow professionally.

Interim work can be unpredictable, so it’s also important to be flexible and adaptable. Embrace new challenges and be open to new opportunities, even if they are outside of your comfort zone.

Working with a recruitment company that specialises in interim roles (cough cough) is also a good plan as it means you’ll always be the first to know about upcoming opportunities that match your skill set and requirements. 

Looking for your next interim role? Give our team a call on 0203 929 4000 to get started.

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