Overheard in the office today:

We share an office with another organisation. Just now a bald louche man sidled up and asked my boss in a husky voice: “Want a couple of interns?” Just like a seasoned drug-pusher stood on a street corner.

He went on:

“We are inundated with applications”

“It’s a consumer market”

“We had 2, then 5”

“They did all the work…haha… no really”

“Its not slave labour… we pay them a bit for lunch and their travel”

These are genuine quotes. I scribbled them down as he was speaking. “No thank you” was the reply from my boss.

“Ok, but if you ever want some you know where to find me”.

My blood boiled. Young people desperate for a bit of experience traded around an office like goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry.

I wonder how often this conversation is repeated around the country.

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