Students entering the workforce may find that many jobs now are structured as independent contract work (colloquially “gigs” as Uber drivers are gig workers) not as traditional employment.
A gig relationship means that the workers role is typically limited to a project or a finite period of time.
The work relationship may or may not be full-time, again, like the Uber driver who works a couple hours a week.
A “gig” worker typically gets paid for work but gets no other benefits, such as health insurance.
The “gig” structure can be appealing for sideline jobs to pick up incremental income but the unpredictable nature of payment can be discomforting as a main form of employment.
Certain industries have gone almost exclusively to the “gig” format, such as most digital media jobs.
As you explore certain industries and specific companies, please be aware of this trend and the pluses and minuses of “gig” work.
Please feel free to contact Dennis McCarthy if you have questions about this topic.