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I took an internship at 30, and it was the best move of my career

I took an internship at 30, and it was the best move of my career

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  • In Europe externships are normal and considered a mature way to develop new skills. America would benefit from a similarly open-minded approach. Life isn’t always a vertical incline to success. Often lateral moves are what propel us ahead.

  • Age shouldn’t matter and this writer proves that it’s ok to change your trajectory, work for someone younger than you, and take a step backward in order to leap forward toward a professional goal. I’ve “lowered” myself in the short term to gain ground in the long run. Nice little gem. Unfortunately my

    Age shouldn’t matter and this writer proves that it’s ok to change your trajectory, work for someone younger than you, and take a step backward in order to leap forward toward a professional goal. I’ve “lowered” myself in the short term to gain ground in the long run. Nice little gem. Unfortunately my internships (three years in total at large companies, like Condé Nast) were entirely unpaid.

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  • Internships must be for white collar positions. Apprenticeship is for blue collar jobs. Regardless, make sure they pay. A person is worthy of his hire. Both offer learning, apprenticeship you get paid to learn the skill their way. As I talk with young adults they tell me of the unpaid internship, this

    Internships must be for white collar positions. Apprenticeship is for blue collar jobs. Regardless, make sure they pay. A person is worthy of his hire. Both offer learning, apprenticeship you get paid to learn the skill their way. As I talk with young adults they tell me of the unpaid internship, this is robbing people of their labor. It is predatory. But you have a choice. Apprenticeship is always paid ( to my understanding) and can be done in every discipline.

  • I’m 34 and also doing an internship right now so this is totally relatable...

  • Internships are excellent.

    But they should ALWAYS be paid.

    ALWAYS!!

    People have value.

  • I changed my career in my late 20s from a successful career in finance and accounting to marketing. It was mentally difficult for me to start fresh as I also strategically downplayed my past life and I focused on networking. But it worked. My freelance company is called Pivot Six as a tribute to my career

    I changed my career in my late 20s from a successful career in finance and accounting to marketing. It was mentally difficult for me to start fresh as I also strategically downplayed my past life and I focused on networking. But it worked. My freelance company is called Pivot Six as a tribute to my career “pivot.” I’m looking forward to reading the author’s book, The Rocket Years.

  • Reinventing is either an invigorating statement of freedom or an act of complete desperation. The end result as I can personally attest is an appreciation for living even if life doesn't go as planned.

    Currently I am trying to repeat a one time past life,as a writer. To break writer's block I have

    Reinventing is either an invigorating statement of freedom or an act of complete desperation. The end result as I can personally attest is an appreciation for living even if life doesn't go as planned.

    Currently I am trying to repeat a one time past life,as a writer. To break writer's block I have created my own internship position bombarding Quartz with comments and another news service with opinions on Canadian politics.

    Now you know why I avoid American politicians.

  • Is 40 too late for an internship? I would hope not, but there are invisible boundaries. What area of expertise would take a 40 yr old under their wing? Curious .

  • Interesting take! I’d be interested in knowing about other people who have done this.

  • I don't agree with the idea that an internship has to be paid. I agree people have value but so does the job/career you are experiencing. The point of an internship is that you are trading your value as a person to learn from those working in a career you want to be in.

    Where internships are a problem

    I don't agree with the idea that an internship has to be paid. I agree people have value but so does the job/career you are experiencing. The point of an internship is that you are trading your value as a person to learn from those working in a career you want to be in.

    Where internships are a problem is when you are used for mineal tasks that don't give any real experience and that is a problem regardless if you are getting paid.