Getting this outta my system before leaving work.
This morning on the train to work I decided to read one of the articles I had saved since my pocket wifi was dead and I couldn’t mindlessly scroll through my twitter feed instead.
I don’t entirely agree with the tone the author used for the first half of her article or the direction she took with the premise of today’s “Do what you love” stance, she made me feel a bit offended even. But after she finished her tangent on DWYL, the next part of her article really hit home for me. It was about unfair labour compensation and exploitation of said labour - she namely focused on internships but this holds true for a much wider area of jobs.
I spent 4 months here in Japan doing an unpaid internship, it is the first and last unpaid internship I have ever done and while I don’t regret having taken it in order to get into Japan, I do regret having stayed in this company for so long.
I don’t believe in unpaid internships, it is absolutely a bullshit excuse for a company to tell me that I am being compensated with experience in exchange for my presence and assistance here. There are of course exceptions, there are definitely small companies that cannot afford to pay their interns much (or at all) and I understand that, but when companies are hiring more than 5 unpaid interns a year, I think there is a problem.
Having said all that, I may sound like a hypocrite for taking on an internship for 4 months unpaid but I stayed here for my own reasons, I choose to make a sacrifice in order to be one step closer to achieving my goals.
I won’t go on a tangent here as Miya Tokumitsu writes about labour exploitation in her article much more eloquently than I ever could, but please have a read for those interested!
It’s Christmas, I had to go into work but there wasn’t much to do today so I made some miniature items for my desk area!
26 Sep 2013 / 1 note