Let’s say you are one of the unfortunate unemployed skilled workers who chose a lifelong career in an industry that has rapidly decayed , such as the automobile industry, mortgage lending or real estate sales. You finally decide it is time for a change at age 47. Your new career of choice is to become a social media marketing guru. But you have little expertise in this area. So you are smart, determined and want to dedicate the next 6 month to “retraining”.
You could go to school but that would cost perhaps a few thousand dollars you do not have.So you do some networking and find some hot local companies that are willing to give you an opportunity to make this career transition. But they want you to train for free as an apprentice/intern.
In most states this is not legal if you are providing any real work product of value. It also usually requires a minimum wage. But it is done everyday by many small businesses.
So I ask you.
- Why not take the opportunity that could help you make a major career transition?
- Why should governments interfere in a mutual agreement that allows a skilled worker to learn something new that might further their career?
- Is this ethically OK?
- Should federal and state laws be changed to help facilitate this , not hinder it?