The ambitious marketing graduate was told there might be a full-time position made available for her when she completed her 6 months, but was today informed that she was being replaced with yet another unpaid intern, who has offered to pay the company to let them work for free.
This will have been Laura’s 3rd unpaid internship where she has been replaced by another intern rather than being kept on. But, instead of complaining about it, Laura is looking on the bright side of things, commenting that:
I mean I’m getting really good experience you know. Even though it’s actually costing me a lot in transport to get to work and even though I was working on campaigns with massive budgets where the company could have easily kept me on, I’m delighted that I’m getting really good references.
Laura is now updating her CV and her LinkedIn profile to include her latest work experience and will begin the process of applying for more unpaid internships as soon as possible.
Laura informed us that many companies today are not accepting interns unless they have a minimum of 6 months experience being an intern.
Some companies are now even charging people for interviews, as they claim they are using a value based pricing model on their highly sought after interviews, making the prospect of finding work even more challenging for many.
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