Iwould try to contribute to the discussion about jobs (paid and even unpaid ones) focusing on the very beginning of the topic and using my personal experience, of course, as a source of thinking and experiences.
As you might see on my profile I have just obtained my PhD so I am currently looking for a job (what a lottery!)…while reading jobs advertising on websites, as you may know, is pretty common to find this kind of request:
“young expert with at least three years of experience”
the issue as you coud imagine is: what do “three years of experience” mean?
this topic is strongly related to the main topic of this mission (the paid work): is it possible to count the years of unpaid or underpaid work (mostly internships and traineeship) as the requested experience for applying?
II would say yes…but I open the question to you all!
The reason why I would say yes is related to the definition of “job”: I think that even volunteeiring should be considered as job experience if it is done in a proper and consistent way.
On the other hand, taking into account the fact that often big companies, NGOs and Institutions base part of their activities on interns: it should mean that they are considered reliable.
The other aspect of the problem is exactly the high level of unpaid work!
well this is my point…what do you think about it?