Killing Our Dreams
Big, greedy, sickeningly rich companies are constantly employing, destroying, and flicking aside today’s youth, just because they can. They know we need the money, so they know they can essentially get away with anything, because we will put up with pretty much anything to gain some hard-earned cash. We leave these temporary roles broken and exhausted from what can only be described as slave labour in conditions that are either brutal, or so mundane that we forget how to spell our own names, let alone go back to University after this type of work.
Not only this, but once the suffering is over, we then settle down for the good part: to be paid for our shifts. This should be simple. You work eight hours, you get paid for eight hours work. Apparently not. It seems that employers will do whatever they can to not pay you the full amount you are owed.
And thinking ‘screw you’ is no comfort, as we all know that next term thousands more unsuspecting students will be employed by the same company, used and abused in the same way, then leave feeling just as crestfallen.
The ‘YOLO’ Mentality
So you had a bad experience. It sucks, but it happened. The best thing to do is just not let it drag you down. Simply sigh, let it go (once they have eventually paid you, of course), and repeat the clichéd mantra ‘YOLO’ when faced with career dilemmas such as these. Learn from the experience, don’t go back, and warn your friends not to go back either. Spread the horror stories of your workplace, and let the rumours multiply amongst your peers. And maybe someone, somewhere, will be saved the torment that you suffered at the hands of a mad and careless employer.