Thursday, June 6, 2013

Be The Intern You Think Your Company Would Most Like To Exploit

I finally got around to reading that Jezebel post about interns (I'm not linking, Google that shit on your own). Needless to say, it's a pile of judgmental shit. It does incorporate the warning of beware the advice you take because all of it SOUNDS good and therefore probably would be easy to gobble up. So I can't shake it for providing some encouragement.

But it's still wrong and bad advice.

If I could surmise, it's all fit in and stand back. Which is really similar to cults, minus the snappy clothing and chanting (or whatever the fuck cults do). No, it's obvious observation masked as information, sold to people's without the resources to know better.

Why does anyone need advice? What is the need for internships before being employed? The first year after formal schooling is one of tremendous transition. A person spends 14 to 16 years of their lives in a rigid structure, facilitating the activity of learning. Then, thrust from the cradle of understanding, they drop in to the working world.

This is a hardly a time to advise.

No, triage would be more useful.

But, alas, this Jezebel post falls into the same trap that most "psst! hey, kid? you wanna get ahead?" posts, offering little at the price of the substance for our future.

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