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Jan 18, 2019 04:57:26

Unpaid Roles: Part 1

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I should probably write about the topic that I suggested 😅. There is so much to talk about it. I am going to split it into multiple parts. 

Here are some reasons why people take unpaid roles even if they are or not able to afford it:

  • You work for someone for free to gain experience
  • You work for someone for free to get ahead of your peer
  • The project makes you feel good
  • The project helps that one cause you care about
  • A Student can get college credit for it
  • The work opens up a new network
  • Part-time work to explore a new area
  • You get to work on a passion project
  • You want to experiment with a new idea
  • Work now and get paid later
  • It's a competitive industry so you have to take the role
  • It's free training
  • You get to figure out if it's right for you
  • You have nothing else to do
  • You feel guilty to not take it because of how good the opportunity is
  • You get to associate yourself with a prominent public figure

There are more but I am going to stop there for now. Next up is a scenario when you can and can't afford to take an unpaid role.

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    @itsabhinaya This topic is new to me. But liked the reasons why people take unpaid roles. Part time projects to improve in a new area might be a feasible option to me.

    Navin avatar Navin | Jan 20, 2019 20:11:52
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    @itsabhinaya when you decide to have a child, be a houseperson, help an elderly... its not about "career path", is it?

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 18, 2019 17:07:19
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    @itsabhinaya - Interesting. Thank you for explaining. I wasn't sure I understood what it meant when I first read it.
    I worked on a non-profit project some years back and the entire experience was nothing like the regular 9-5 job. Even more interesting is having people for you in an unpaid role. That is very difficult to maneuver in a non-profit industry as the only motivation is the "feel good" emotion.
    Interesting topic.
    Thank you for suggesting and the post explaining.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 17, 2019 23:11:29
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      @keni Non-profit work is interesting. While we put emphasis on money a lot of time, it's important to think about your energy and impact as well.

      Would love to see you write more about what encouraged you to take that non-profit role and what the outcome of it was (did it meet your expectations? would you do it again?).

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 18, 2019 15:43:27
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      @keni Yes, me too, I had to actually google the phrase, to make sure if it is what i thought it was. It was...
      @itsabhinaya But for me it is more interesting why you wanted all these people here write about that. Seems so much less common experience than... moving :-)
      I mean, maybe not so much less common experience, rather less common conscious idea. So, why did you suggest this theme? What are your expectations? Do you fully check what is there being written as a response to your theme?

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 18, 2019 17:12:42
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      @lucjah It's less common but interesting to think about. It might not be clear but everyone has a interpretation of it and I would love to see their perspective on it.

      why did you suggest this theme?
      I wanted to learn about people's experience with an unpaid role.

      What are your expectations?
      Nothing.

      Do you fully check what is there being written as a response to your theme?
      Yes. I have been enjoying reading them.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 19, 2019 05:10:54
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      @itsabhinaya @keni It would be interesting if on the last day you would write some comment, conclusion, of what you learnt from all the posts on "unpaid roles"

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 20, 2019 00:00:58
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      @lucjah Great idea. I will add it to my list.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 20, 2019 03:42:18
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      @itsabhinaya @keni looking forward

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 20, 2019 12:17:57
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