I was recently on my roof with friends/neighbors. As my daughter will be home for the foreseeable future because her school has gone virtual (this is a whole other blog post) someone at the table asked:
“Will your daughter be getting a part time job while she is home?”
To which person A replied- “She’s middle class and doesn’t need the money. She shouldn’t work because there are other people who actually need the money.”
Person B responded- “That’s stupid. Should your family earnings dictate whether or not you bring in a paycheck?”
Person C- “Is it fair for a middle class kid, who probably looks better on a resume, to take the job away from someone who needs experience?”
Person D- “Is it fair to penalize someone just because their parents make enough money to cover basics and have a little disposable income? Isn’t a work ethic something we should all have. And why should the parents provide everything? What’s wrong with a kid earning the money for what they want?”
This evolved into internships. My daughter has a unpaid internship for the summer, and is presently interviewing for both paid and unpaid internships for the fall. The conversation was much the same:
E: No one should take an unpaid internship because it shows the companies that everyone should get paid for work.
F: Middle class kids should only take paid internships because it’s unfair that some kids need the money
G: Middle class kids should only take unpaid internships leaving the paid ones for those who need the money.
You see you probably need an 8 sided coin to express the differing opinions on this subject…
So, does being between the ages of 16 and 22 and middle class preclude you from getting paid for work?
Should parents with disposable income provide the material wants of their offspring?
Should unpaid internships exist?
Should anyone who wants to work, whether paid or unpaid, just be able to do what they want with their time and energy?