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  •  Michael Fletcher's report reminds me (1+ / 0-)
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    of the recent discussion of unpaid internships.  Working for no wages is no guarantee of finding a paid position, and even if it were, how long would a job seeker have to "volunteer" to be able to secure paid employment?  

    If companies want trained workers and those skilled in a particular area of expertise, why not paid apprenticeships?  The only reason I can think of is that business owners want to keep as much profit for themselves as possible by utilizing what could justifiably be considered slave labor.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 10:49:50 PM PDT

    •  Very different from internships, though. (0+ / 0-)

      Both are a way to exploit free labor, but the similarity ends there.

      Internships are designed specifically to expose interns to job opportunities, to help companies weed out potential employees, and, in this abusive market, to get free labor.

      Volunteering is all about the free labor.  Volunteers generally want to help with something they care about.  In the process, they sometimes meet people who might be able to help them.  More importantly, they meet those people in the context of being willing to work without being prodded to do so and sharing some passion.  That can put you in front of a long line.

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      by dinotrac on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 12:57:22 AM PDT

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