Career benefits of secondments

Abintegro: Career Management & Transition

The experience of a secondment could open an entirely new world of potential opportunities and success.

It’s a potentially exciting point in a person’s career and these are some of the real benefits:

1. Career development 
A secondment is a chance for you to learn new skills and access new experiences and opportunities that your current role might not offer you. You might see a new side of your profession, get to try something entirely different from your normal work routine or you might have the chance to take on a role with more responsibility. All of this opens new potential pathways for your career and it’s great for your CV.

2. New challenges
Whether you are adapting to a new set of colleagues and working practices or a new language and culture, when you go on secondment you are likely to be forced out of your comfort zone. But that’s when that you become acutely aware of your true capabilities. It is the perfect way to put all your professional skills to the test, recognise just how competent you are and find out what you need to learn very quickly. 

3. New perspective 
If you’re not sure why the customer is always right, some time spent working in-house with a client or within a different area of your company can be a real eye opener. A secondment is a great opportunity to lift the veil on what can sometimes seem like bizarre working practices. That knowledge will stand you in good stead when you return to your company and in future roles.

4. Stronger network
You may have a wallet bursting with business cards and more Linkedin contacts than you can shake a stick at. However, when it comes to developing your professional network there really is no substitute for working alongside people and getting to know them on a personal level. The contacts you make may prove an invaluable resource further down the line. 

5. Confidence boost
Remember that organisations don’t have secondment programmes for entirely altruistic reasons. The host organisation or department wants you to share your knowledge, experience, perspective and contacts to help them develop new ideas or new working practices and your own organisation or department gets an employee back with new knowledge, experiences, perspectives and contacts. A secondment can make you realise how valuable you are.

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