It’s a dog eat dog world out there and you have to make sure that you protect yourself especially when you are new in the world of business. Exploitation of graduates is not a new trend, but it has certainly increased as the job market becomes more competitive than ever before. There are many corporate firms and businesses that have been accused of exploiting graduates that work for these companies almost for free. In some of the competitive fields like law and journalism and even hospitality industry internship is seen as a better way to hone individual skills and expertise and companies claim that graduates that become interns have better skills, experience and knowledge to handle their job.
Many graduates get sucked into this whirlpool of exploitation and business politics that never seem to end while many keep hoping from one job to another in search for the perfect work opportunity that can allow them to have a successful career. However, things are getting uglier now as many graduates have started realizing how business world is using their skills and talent to make more profit and without paying them what they really should. In the past few years, there has been a lot of hue and cry about how companies are mistreating graduates in the name of internships giving it a bad reputation.
Various forums and websites that focus on internships and how graduates should deal with their initial job situations are packed with debates and discussions on how graduates should deal with their initial job situations where they can stay away from being exploited in the name of inexperience workforce. Some of the interns also claim that companies treat them like dogs and slaves while employers lure them with fake promises of better future and better paid jobs if they perform exceptionally.
While males graduates are certainly being targeted there are many female graduates that have felt the same pangs of exploitation in the initial years of work as interns. Female graduates claim that they often become subject of ridicule as they are marginalized and alienated because many corporates believe that they lack business sense. Critics that have taken this issue very seriously claim that the exploitation of graduates arise from the competitive market combined with economic woes. This also becomes a catch 22 situation for many other graduates who would not like to take up internships, but they do not have any work experience, so at the end of the day they fall behind in the line of candidates that come with experience and eventually they become victims of slave labor trend.
With economic problems worsening in many parts of the world, there is no easy solution to this problem. Some visionaries claim that the only way this problem can end is when graduates stop falling for unpaid work and search for paid positions. Although, this sounds really difficult from employees point of view, but many honest employers can also help by sticking to the law and offering better paid jobs to graduates and allowing them to learn while they earn rather than exploiting the future generation to save money.