I put in my time. I had not one, not two, but three unpaid internship while in college. I was the struggling college student who worked through being broke for the “experience.” I appreciate all the time I spent at those three companies, learning and doing things that I had only read about. I wouldn’t trade my experience gained at my internships for anything in the world.
After saying this, however, I need to bring up another issue. Are companies taking advantage of the job market and desperate fresh-out-of-college job seekers? As a qualified applicant searching for an entry-level in public relations, I have been seeing more “paid” internships for applicants holding degrees. So why would a company call a legitimate position an internship? I think it obvious that a large-scale corporation of any kind offering an hourly wage of $8.00 or less would be frowned upon, so they call that same position an internship.
Since the fate of the American job market remains to be seen, job hunters are settling for this measily wage because there are two options:
- Ride on a high (poverty-ridden) horse for months, struggling to pay rent & finally decide to take a job at your local friendly fast-food provider. You make more than minimum wage but only learn the difference between peanut oil and olive oil.
- Humble yourself, work ridiculously long hours for minimum wage, but learn the ins and outs of any given field. Hopefully a door will open at the end of the journey, thus making the entire internship that much better.
Of course I would choose Option 2. I just think if a company would create true positions and offer real salaries, both the economy and the confidence of Americans would heal. But until that time, pass me that paid internship.
When you read the title, you were probably like “wha- wha- what?” Don’t worry, nothing is in the works and I’m still striving to find a job. But until that happens, I heard through the grapevine that Ms. Oprah Winfrey was looking for ideas for a new television show. Who better to host a TV show than me?
But seriously, I came up with the idea of hosting a TV show called “Jobless in America.” It will draw attention to the severity of the unemployment rate while raising spirits of recent grads, those who have been laid off or those who took a job they hate. I would find CEOs and entrepreneurs who are young but amazing. I would interview only the most successful business people who do not have college degrees. I think this could be just what America needs. Click the link below to watch my video and vote if you like what you hear!
VOTE FOR ME!!
Relaxing is the New Black
So I have officially be a “college graduate” for fifteen days, but who’s counting? I have come to the realization that I do not, cannot and will not understand a person who enjoys having nothing to do. For fifteen days, I have kept myself busy by applying to relevant positions, fantasizing about which city I will live in and pretending like I have the funds to purchase a new car (I test drove an Accent and almost bought a Mazda3). I cannot fathom having to do nothing for the remainder of my life…I’d go crazy!
I suppose this is a strength and a weakness. In the PR world, having the ability to continuously work for hours on end is, by no stretch, a con. But what happens if, like now, I find myself in a period of unemployment? I’m going stir-crazy. Thank goodness for my part time gigs. Big love to Dell and Tuttleman Computer Lab at Temple University.
Slowly and surely (I think), I am learning to relax. When I first graduated, I would wake up panicked that I was missing an important class, was late for my bus to New York City, had to meet my group for a presentation…but alas, I had nothing to do. Now, I am finally sleeping through the night and am actually SLEEPING IN! I haven’t been able to sleep in since freshman year of college (I used to be a pro).
But I’m positive, as soon as I relax, take a deep breath and begin enjoying the life of nothingness, I will have agencies knocking down my door (or so I hope).