You Should Never Work for Free — Here’s Why

Amanda Claypool
11 min readMay 21, 2024
Photo by Johan Mouchet on Unsplash

My first job out of college paid me a whopping $0.00 per hour.

Gen Zers would scoff at the idea of that, but when I was their age and trying to get started with my career, you worked for free. I didn’t particularly like it, but that was how you got your foot in the door.

While unpaid internships have slowly fallen out of favor, the premise underlying them — that…

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Amanda Claypool

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