Amazon’s Jeff Bezos:
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and the wealthiest guy on the planet, has a cumulative value of over $130 billion in assets and it’s car price is only $16,995. Despite this, he does not. Believe in sprinkling money around when it comes to cars. He is said to have
In a 1996 Honda Accord, he cruises all over the place.
2.Microsoft Bill Gates:
The founder of Microsoft and the wealthiest man on the planet. Bill Gates, who has a net worth of more than $100 billion and it’s car price is 40,000, is a huge Porsche fan. His Porsche 959 Coupe is one of only 337 produced worldwide. Since the vehicle didn’t work, When it was shipped, it had an accident test rating, and it was confiscated at customs for over a year.
It’s been ten years since it failed to meet EPA standards.
I’ve heard all the arguments. That for newly qualified but inexperienced grads, they’re the only way to get relevant experience, contacts, or your foot in the door. Especially in competitive industries.
And I know that most people who take them up to understand that they’re not particularly fair. Probably most companies also realize that they’re not necessarily getting the best talent. Just the richest talent.
This is not a naming and shaming sort of blog post. I don’t want to give any more publicity to those companies who cynically exploit young people’s desire to get the all-important work experience by not paying them for their labor. Whether that’s through an unpaid internship – or even more greedily through making them pay for it.
But I wonder whether unpaid internships do work. Do they lead you to a job at the end of it? Are they the only way to get experience, contacts, or your foot from the door?
(Evidence from the pioneering site Graduate Fog would seem to suggest they do none of these: leading in fact, to yet more unpaid internships.)
I’d say that almost anything else you can do will get you the experience you need.
In Guardian Career’s Live Q&A on Getting into Publishingtoday, one of the panelists makes an interesting comment on how to stand out.
(By the way, we’re talking two-week work placements here, not an unpaid internship stretching out for months.)
In a different Q&A on getting into film, a producer said:
Of course, film school, MAs and trainee positions are absolutely amazing career development opportunities. But if these aren’t an option for you, then make your own opportunities. Carry out the role that you’re trying to achieve straight away. If you want to be a producer, produce something. If you want to be a director, direct something. If you want to be a festival programmer, set up your own film event. Of course, these things are much easier said than done, but if you achieve it, then you’re forced out of your comfort zones.”
Rather than making other companies richer on the back of your (unpaid) labour, get the experience you need under your own steam. Show your dedication through writing a blog, getting involved in projects, and making your own experience.