Seasonal work is so this year – and next!

In the first of a series of guest blogs, Frank Hutton discusses the benefits of …..

A seasonal job? You must be kidding!

by Frank Hutton

 No, definitely not. It seems that, increasingly, people are turning to seasonal work. In the last two decades, the numbers of people working in industries like Tourism, Leisure, Commerce and Retail for a defined period have increased dramatically (source: ONS).

 There are many reasons why: perhaps, it’s just that more flexible employment terms are suiting both workers and employers, creating a sizeable ‘Gig’ economy and helping people establish portfolio careers, but it would seem there is more to it. In fact, there could be many very sensible reasons to choose a seasonal
or temporary role right now.

Returning to the workplace

Maybe you’ve been out of the workplace for a while, and are feeling less confident at preset about returning. Seasonal work can offer a less daunting first step in such cases. Employers are also less concerned perhaps about your future plans, as they know it is only for a set period of time.

Learning new skills or gaining experience in an entirely new sector e.g. retail, healthcare, hospitality

If there is an area of work you would like to get into but currently have little or no experience, seasonal work may offer the ideal route to gain real hands-on work time. This may simply indicate your commitment to a field (my own daughter worked as a Healthcare Assistant for a year before applying to become a Midwife), or gaining actual knowledge of a skill or area of operation (kitchen work,
hotel environment, customer service) or making a connection that leads to a full-time, permanent role as your employer spots your talent and future potential! At least you may have some great references to take with you to other
sector employers.

Getting out and meeting people

Never under-estimate the workplace’s ability to be a source of personal fulfilment through relationships, purpose and interest. When it’s not all about the money, having a reason to get up and get out could really contribute towards well being in every sense. And when there’s less at stake than perhaps choosing a
long-term career, you can just go to work and enjoy those simple pleasures while making a great contribution to a team.

Making space and funds to facilitate other pursuits and activities

Not all of us gain all our life satisfaction from our working lives. In fact, it is rare. Some choose therefore to pursue a more varied working regime. Maybe you’re a ski instructor during the season and then need other work out of season to
support yourself fully. Maybe you are pursuing voluntary work as your
main interest but still need to eat and pay the rent. Earning at different times or on shorter-term contracts can be a way of facilitating what you love to do, doing something you need to do. Weirdly, such work can feel quite fulfilling as it enables you to do the thing you love!


Useful top-up funds in later life

Over 60? Maybe a little bored? Would always like a little more cash than the pension is providing? Why not try a season doing something completely different. You may feel younger and make some great new friends as a consequence; and maybe you can then afford to take a winter sun holiday yourself, or go skiing if you prefer; or undertake that project at home or start planning your round-the-world yacht trip. Whatever your hope or dream, seasonal work may open up the door in a
rewarding way in every sense of the word.

You may even top up your government pension in the process or gain value perks or other benefits.

So whether it’s a holiday resort or a hotel, a tax office or a post office, modelling or mystery shopping, tour guiding or summer schooling, there may be something waiting for you.

Check out some of the possibilities here and you may be surprised at what you can do. What have you got to lose?!

Frank Hutton is an active Career Coach, supporting people to achieve the working life they want and pundit on the world of work and careers. Find out more at



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