What is a bridge job?

by Barrie Hopson on December 1, 2010 · 1 comment

in New ways of working,The Book

When I was talking to professional researchers at a recent Vitae conference in London I mentioned that a serial career was another alternative to the single track full time for life job pattern that dominated the last century. Some of them said that my personal example of someone who every 5 – 7 years just needed another set of challenges and wanted new learning and personal development did not apply to them but that they also thought they had serial careers. The difference? They had short term full time fixed contracts for between 1 – 3 years so had to change whether or not they were ready for it and few of them would ever be offered full time jobs at the HE institutions at which they worked.
We are continually finding examples of new career patterns or variations on existing ones – as with the above. And here is another variation from the US which are called Bridge Careers. This is much closer to what the researchers were describing to me and Stanford MBA and entrepreneur Jullien Gordon shares why bridge jobs – short term 40-hour per week jobs that last 12-18 months can have many pluses.
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1 Erik Michielsen December 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Thanks for the re-post. Jullien’s view is a thoughful and timely one given the evolving career planning landscape. What stands out most to me is the associated focus that comes with a bridge job commitment. Gordon mentions how knowing it is temporal can enhance performance, engagement, and contribution.

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