Career development with Nikol R.

Career development with Nikol R.

We’re proud to introduce a new series where we highlight our temp-to-perm Cooplers and the career advancement they have experienced while working temporarily with Coople. Read their inspirational stories and discover how flexible work can support your career advancement!

Introducing Nikol

Meet Nikol, one of our dedicated customer service specialists. Nikol started working flexibly as a Coopler before joining the Coople office on a permanent basis in June 2021 as a customer success agent.

When and why did you join Coople?

“I started working with Coople back in 2019. At the time, I was working part-time as a freelance social media consultant and I was looking for other flexible work opportunities. What really drew me to Coople was the connections to reputable companies, cool workspaces, and the rating system for Cooplers. With the rating system in place, companies could verify my skills after getting to know me, not just based on my CV. This helped me to land many job opportunities, both inside and outside of Coople, that I don’t think would’ve been possible otherwise.”

“What really drew me to Coople was the connections to reputable companies, cool workspaces, and the rating system for Cooplers… This helped me to land many job opportunities, both inside and outside of Coople, that I don’t think would’ve been possible otherwise.”

What was your very first job with Coople? How did temporary work support your career advancement?

“My very first job with Coople was as a Food Runner for Deliveroo at the Gherkin. While it was quite fun, my long-term goal was to get into more office/admin based roles but I had very little experience at the time. Through luck and timing, I landed a last-minute office role that was at a novice skill level. After receiving some training, I managed to impress my supervisor. From then on, I became a regular part-time worker.”

“During this time, I completed lots of shifts across admin and marketing positions. After a while, I accumulated a lot of high star ratings from hiring companies. Eventually, Coople posted a role for an internal customer success agent in 2021. All my work in the past contributed to having the right skills for the job so I applied, and now I’ve been working permanently with Coople for nearly a year.”

What learnings and experiences have you gained since joining the team?

“Since joining the team, I’ve experienced how diverse everyone’s backgrounds are and how impressive their experience is, particularly in hospitality and admin. I was unaware how many Cooplers like me were working in the office with permanent staff and how some of the team members were working as Cooplers from time to time. That stood out to me at first. It made me realise the team truly understand what it is like to work as Cooplers. I believe that level of understanding and empathy is quite rare to find in a company.”

“During my time with Coople, I have learnt a variety of different skills from conducting interviews, data analysis, problem solving and how to multi-task efficiently by handling many high-priority projects at the same time.”

“…The team truly understand what it is like to work as Cooplers. I believe that level of understanding and empathy is quite rare to find in a company.”

What has been your most memorable experience with Coople?

One of the coolest Coople jobs I did was for Freemantle, where I worked as a receptionist for the X Factor and other well-known reality TV shows. As part of the role, I spoke to contestants over the phone and even some VIP guests such as the CEO’s of well-known brands.

What goals are you working towards?

My current goal is to beat last year’s onboarding record by helping more Cooplers get to work. Having worked with Coople to achieve my goals, I want to help as many people as possible to achieve their dream jobs too.

Having worked with Coople to achieve my goals, I want to help as many people as possible to achieve their dream jobs too.

What advice would you give to new Cooplers who are focusing on career advancement?

Ask questions and learn as much as you can from a shift, even if it’s just a one-day opportunity! If you really love a role and your supervisor lets you know you have done a great job, let them know you’re grateful for the opportunity and express that you would be happy to do it again. You would be surprised how far this can get you in terms of looking for regular work.

We also chatted with our other temp-to-perm Cooplers to learn about their career advancement with flexible work. Head over to our blog to discover more community stories.

Meet our Super Cooplers: Sergiu T., Jack S., Khaled Z.

Meet our Super Cooplers: Sergiu T., Jack S., Khaled Z.

Every month, a Coopler is chosen as our Super Coopler by the customer success team to celebrate their great work performance.

For today’s blog post, we spoke to our Super Cooplers of February – May for insights into their flexible work journey. Hear from our Super Cooplers and discover how flexible work can support you!

Introducing Sergiu T.

Sergiu became a Coopler in 2020. Since joining Coople, Sergiu has worked with various companies across London in a range of logistics roles. Due to his quality work and professionalism, Sergiu was nominated as our first UK Super Coopler in February 2021.

What are your professional and/or personal goals, and how does flexible work support you?

“After multiple lockdowns, the pandemic presented a ‘now or never’ moment. It gave me time to reflect and inspired me to develop my growth mindset, which led me to start working flexibly. Since registering with Coople, I have been able to apply and build my experience in different fields rather than in a fixed industry. I can now progress in my desired career field according to my studies. Most importantly, Coople gives me flexibility to manage and spend my free time with my loved ones.”

“Since registering with Coople, I have been able to apply and build my experience in different fields rather than in a fixed industry.”

Introducing Jack S.

Jack joined Coople in 2019, working with multiple companies across London as a highly rated chef, bartender, and waiter. Due to his great work performance, Jack was nominated as our Super Coopler of March 2021.

As a Super Coopler, how does flexible work support you, and what has been your most memorable experience whilst working with Coople?

“I first joined Coople in 2019 after I fell out of love with being a pub manager. Coople has been a god send and has allowed me to stay active and work in many different roles. My favourite flexible work experience so far was the shift I did as a dispatcher at Deliveroo Blackwall. At the time, I was living alone in the middle of lockdown. The guys there really made me feel like I was part of the team.”

“Coople has been a god send and has allowed me to stay active and work in many different roles.”

Introducing Khaled Z.

Khaled became a Coopler in 2019 and began working in the events sector as a delivery porter before transitioning into the hospitality sector. After receiving great feedback from hiring companies for his positive attitude and work output, Khaled was nominated as our Super Coopler of May 2021.

As a Super Coopler, how does flexible work support you?

“I want to thank Coople for supporting me during difficult times throughout the lockdown. I’ve worked with different agencies but Coople has been the best. I’m currently studying to reach my goals. Coople have supported me by connecting me with flexible shifts that work around my schedule, which gives me more time to spend with my family and relax. The team are friendly, professional and easy to communicate with. Because of this, I am happy to be a part of the Coople community since they know how to value your hard work and commitment.”

“Coople have supported me by connecting me with flexible shifts that work around my schedule, which gives more time to spend with my family and relax.”

Visit our page to discover how you can become one of our Super Cooplers.

Career development with Lavan K.

Career development with Lavan K.

For those focused on career progression, temporary work can be a great solution. It offers a way to develop your network, learn new skills and gain experience. In today’s blog post, we give the spotlight over to our Lavan, our temp-to-perm Coopler. Hear Lavan’s story and discover how temporary work can support you too!

Introducing Lavan

Lavan joined the Coople community in 2021. Upon joining Coople, his goal was to find a long-term office job for his career progression. Thanks to his previous experience in the office sector, Lavan was hired as a temporary Technical Support Specialist with JustEat before joining their permanent team in 2022.

Why did you join Coople? How has temporary work supported your career progression?

“I joined Coople last year because I was interested in the idea of temporary work. The flexibility was a huge benefit and the weekly pay seemed like a great advantage. My first role was with JustEat as a Technical Support Specialist. Since it was my first time working with an agency, it was really exciting seeing this role develop from something temporary into a long-term opportunity.”

How did you transition into a permanent role with JustEat?

“I used to work in the office sector, so I had a lot of relevant previous experience. Additionally, when I first applied, I told the hiring manager that I was looking for a stable opportunity. I think this helped me to stand out amongst the other candidates. After working temporarily for a few months, I transitioned into a permanent employee. Looking back, I’ve had a lot of fun along the way. I met a great team of fellow temporary workers during my trial shifts and now they’re my colleagues, so it’s been an enjoyable journey.”

“When I first applied, I told the hiring manager that I was looking for a stable opportunity. I think this helped me to stand out amongst the other candidates.”

What learnings/experiences have you gained as a temp-to-perm worker?

“It’s been eye-opening to work with different tools. Similar to any new role, there’s a slight learning curve. It takes time to settle in, but I’ve been enjoying myself a lot.”

What advice would you give to other flexible workers who are looking for permanent jobs?

“Be punctual, work hard and you will be rewarded. If you’re not putting in the effort, you’re not going to get anywhere. Try your best and be open-minded because there’s lots of opportunities for career progression, even within temporary work.”

“Be punctual, work hard and you will be rewarded.”

We also chatted with our other temp-to-perm Cooplers to learn about their career development with flexible work. Visit our blog to hear their stories.

Career development with Modupe B.

Career development with Modupe B.

How can temporary work support your career development? In our latest blog series, our temp-to-perm Cooplers discuss their journey and how they’ve progressed their career with Coople. Read their inspirational stories and discover how temporary work can support you too!

Introducing Modupe

Modupe initially joined the Coople community for temporary work in 2019. After working in hospitality, Modupe worked temporarily as a Technical Support Specialist with JustEat before joining their permanent team in 2022.

Why did you join Coople?

“I registered with Coople because I was studying at the same time and it seemed very convenient. I liked the idea of being able to work in different places. This was important to me as I don’t typically enjoy working in the same place for a long time. Because of that, Coople seemed perfect for me and I loved the opportunity to try out different roles as a temporary worker.”

“I loved the opportunity to try out different roles as a temporary worker.”

What industry did you first work in with Coople and how did you transition into a permanent role from there?

“I started off in hospitality. One day, I happened to see the job posting for JustEat on the marketplace. Since it was a long-term remote role, I decided to give it a go. After that, I got a call regarding the job. I was asked a few questions about my experience, then I was invited to my first trial shift. Afterwards, I was consistently scheduled with them until they eventually offered me a permanent position.”

What are your personal/professional goals and how did temporary work help you to achieve them?

“When I started out with Coople, I was studying to be an event manager, but I changed career paths midway. I’m now studying to be a business analyst. Whilst I was studying, temporary work was a convenient way for me to pay for my fees and gain work experience for my career development.”

“Whilst I was studying, temporary work was a convenient way for me to pay for my fees and gain work experience for my career development.”

How has temporary work supported your career development?

“The best thing about temporary work was being able to see and learn from all sorts of workplaces across London. Being able to gain experience in new places has been an incredible opportunity.

What advice would you give to other temporary workers who are looking for permanent jobs?

“Keep applying and keep working. It takes time to get what you want. Once you build your reputation and profile with Coople, you will get more and more job offers that fit your goals.”

Hear from our other Cooplers and discover how flexible work can support your career development.

Career development with Selina B.

Career development with Selina B.

We’re proud to introduce a new series where we highlight our temp-to-perm Cooplers and the career development they have experienced while working with Coople. Read their inspirational stories and discover where Coople can take you!

Introducing Selina

Selina has been a part of the Coople community since 2017. Since joining the Coople community, Selina has worked temporarily in a variety of hospitality positions before joining JustEat’s permanent team as a Technical Support Specialist.

Why did you join Coople?

“I joined Coople when I was at university back in 2017. I was looking for temporary work and I had worked in hospitality before, so I had lots of transferable skills. I thought Coople was a good way to earn money on the side and meet different people so I started working with Coople from there.”

What industry did you first work in with Coople and how did you transition into a permanent role from there?


“My first job was within hospitality. I worked as a waitress and in various bar positions with event companies. I heard about long-term job opportunities being advertised from JustEat, which sounded interesting. However, at the time, I had my hands full with university and the roles were full-time which didn’t work with my schedule.”

“I mainly did hospitality shifts with Coople while at university. After I graduated, I started actively searching for more long-term roles. Since I had also previously worked in an office, I had a lot of customer service experience. This gave me transferable skills that have aided me in my career development and have allowed me to get this permanent role with JustEat.”

What are your personal/professional goals and how did temporary work help you to achieve them?

“Temporary work really helped me in terms of maintaining a healthy social life and work-life balance. After I graduated from university, I wanted to have a break and I didn’t want to rush into anything where I wouldn’t have time to relax, explore my interests and meet people. That’s why Coople was so great for me: I could choose my own hours and work as much as I wanted to, so I could make time for my friends and family. It also meant I could choose where I worked. I got to work across a range of venues, which has really helped my career development.”

“I could choose my own hours and work as much as I wanted to… It also meant I could choose where I worked. I got to work across a range of venues, which has really helped my career development.”

How has temporary work supported your career development?

“I’ve definitely gained the ability to work under pressure, and I’ve become a lot more organised too. When you’re a temporary worker, there’s an element of unpredictability. You have to be prepared for the next day when you’re applying to shifts since you may not know if you’ve been hired until the last minute. You must be alert, organised and ready.”

“I’ve also learnt how to work effectively with different people. Working with new people all the time is not that common, unless you work flexible hours with an agency. Since working with Coople, I’ve built my communication skills and learnt to adapt in different environments.”

What advice would you give to other temporary workers who are focusing on their career development?

“Keep applying. Even if you’re just working in a temporary role, make sure to work hard and do your best. You never know what that role can lead to since it can open doors to a permanent position in the future.”

“You never know what that role can lead to since it can open doors to a permanent position in the future.”

Hear from our other Cooplers and discover how flexible work can support your career development.

Why do people take on temporary work? The answers might surprise you.

Why do people take on temporary work? The answers might surprise you.

In 2020, we surveyed over 900 of our Cooplers (the flexible workers on Coople’s platform) to understand why they look for temporary work and what attracts them to specific flexible jobs.

As expected, many of them use our platform to reach their earnings goals with extra shifts, or stay flexible to care for family. More surprisingly, the largest group of them work flexibly to acquire new skills or discover their abilities.

When it comes to selecting jobs, temporary workers share the same needs as your permanent team. They want to contribute and be part of a great team.

Have a look at our data for more insights:

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