I recently wrote about being made redundant, it was not an enjoyable experience yet I found the courage to pick myself up and start again. It provided me with the va va voom and confidence to go freelance, I am still in the learning curve but so far so good!
On a particularly good day as I continued my job hunt, via the very creative The Dots I came across a familiar logo, a familiar name and an all too familiar job role. Yes, there it was MY job role, my OLD Employer but lo and behold for an "internship" and intern wage no doubt. I felt the burn and an all too familiar rising of anger burning inside me, I had so many questions.
As I continued to read, this supposed internship was, in fact, my exact job role but for an interns wage. Yes, it is illegal by ACAS standards and I had more than right to take legal action to court. But here my dilemma appeared, the industry I work in is small & I in no means wished the company hurt, I understood they were low on money as are many companies suffering through!
I was of course torn in two, the part of me that deserved the money I was owed and the other half that knowing a small industry will gossip and I could very well create what I call ripples.
Companies talk ethos, they talk big and they talk about supporting people, creating employee rights and developing talents and skills, this was the opposite. This shot me back down to earth that yes, although some companies do have good ethos, the majority do not. A company I had loved, supported, had even taken a pay cut for, thought they could undercut me by hiring someone for cheaper, with none of my experience and little to no development of my skills.
It's a discussion all in Social Media & Digital Communications need to have. A majority of companies do not believe that Social Media is relevant, that the work of "coordinating, curating & developing" a brand is as easy as an intern uploading & liking pics via the internet. This is where companies make the mistake of undercutting a market with over 800 million monthly users.
So what did I decide? I decided I would move forward, put them behind me and show success in where they had lost out. To my future clients, I would double my efforts and prove to them that they had lost out. That an investment in me, was an investment in more than just cutting costs and cheap work. That women like me, deserve fair pay, decent consideration & the work we put in, is more than just "liking pics on the internet".