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What Is the Definition of a Bridge Job in Terms of Employment?

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A bridge job is a temporary position that you might take at the end of a full-time career or in transition to a different one. The term most often applies to people who leave career employment but take on a part-time role before full retirement. It is also used in reference to career employees who leave traditional employment to become entrepreneurs, taking a temporary job while building their business.

Pros and Cons

For people preparing for retirement, a bridge job can ease the transition. Some people struggle going from a 40-hour work week to no job at all. For aspiring entrepreneurs, a bridge job helps them gain skills and cover financial obligations while the business evolves. The down side is that bridge jobs often pay less than what you make in a career position. In addition, if an entrepreneur's company doesn't take off, future employers may have concerns over the bridge in employment.


Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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