Letter - Graduates are put off by 'slave' mentality

Having interviewed a number of graduates this year, I concur that their expectations can range from the sublime to the ridiculous ('Why graduates are in need of a reality check,' Leader, 3 Nov). See, for instance, the ubiquitous PR graduate who demands to work on 'strategy' from day one.

However, having started out at a major worldwide PR agency, I also know that too many big firms see graduates as something akin to slave labour. As an intern, I was working 12-hour days unpaid. Upon taking a (poorly) paid position, the hours got worse, and there was little or no training. It was exploitation, plain and simple.

Needless to say, I soon quit the consultancy - and considered quitting PR. It was only upon finding a SME with a genuine commitment to professional development that I began to enjoy my work.

Fred Banning, account manager, Kysen PR

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