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Originally Posted by bighead384
I have no idea if it's still done, but when I was a teenager in high school in England all students had to do mandatory "work experience" for a couple of weeks. Basically unpaid internships. And it was a very valuable experience.
The only point your image raised that resonated with me was the issue of equality and class mobility. However, those problems will always exist in capitalist societies. If these currently unpaid positions suddenly started paying minimum wage preference for these positions would still often be given to those from the more affluent backgrounds. That's just the way things are. And yeah, I do hate that, but how do you hope to improve it?
I also expect a lot of the positions would suddenly just disappear. Existing employees would be expected to expand their duties to cover the additional tasks rather than paying a new employee to do them. Companies regularly "downsize" and "streamline" in order to reduce costs. I doubt they would hesitate to simply eliminate the intern positions if they stopped being "economically feasible".
How come this is such a major issue for you? Just curious.
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