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@suzemuse What I dislike is that it's now considered industry 'norm' that you'll have to slog your way through several unpaid internships before you land your first job - regardless of how good your attitude is, or how skilled you are. I've heard of whole agencies that are functioning pretty much entirely off the backs of a slow stream of interns - this can't be good for the industry!
Unpaid internships are also highly discriminatory. Take me as an example - I graduated with a degree from a respectable university here in the UK and was desperate to land myself a job in PR. Then I ran a problem: if you want to get into PR here then you pretty much have to be in London. London also happens to be an incredibly expensive place to live. I couldn't expect my parents to shell out £500+ rent a month plus living expenses while I worked 5 days a week unpaid (most internships here are full time).I was lucky enough to land an internship that paid enough for me to get by, but a lot of people aren't so lucky.
This has given rise to a horribly elitist situation where you can only make your first steps into an industry if you a) win the lottery or b) have parents willing to fork out a load of money for your living expenses. Where's the skill and talent in that?
1 year, 2 months ago on Five Things You Can’t Expect from an Unpaid Intern
@bradmarley Not tongue-in-cheek at all, I'm afraid Brad!
Admittedly I'm talking more about internships that aren't for college credit, but why should they work hard for you if they're not being paid? We can get all dewy-eyed about 'love of the job' but when it comes down to it, people can't work hard if they can't afford to eat or are dead on their feet because they've had to get a night job to fund themselves while they're interning.
@ginidietrich @stevenmcoyle A novel idea! And a very good point about them abandoning you for competitors.