A new kind of slavery

Vicky Pino By Vicky Pino, 8th Nov 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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These days, it doesn't seem enough to hold a degree and a graduate will have to take a costly Master to increase their chances, but will they really?

A new kind of slavery

The photograph included in this article shows the slave conditions of workers in the Caribbean sugar plantations. It looks like one taken ages ago, doesn't it? Yet, on these days, many of us know the real and bitter cost of a cup of coffee, tea, the sugar we add to beverages or the trendy clothes we buy in upmarket stores in any city. One will pay 100 Euro for a fashinable dress while the worker who has made that dress and more will have earned $1.50 a day in a very long working day. For them, there aren't days off, pay raises or annual holidays.
Many of us know about this type of slavery. That's why many of us have stopped buying trendy clothes in upmarkert stores that have invaded in all the cities.
However, there is another kind of exploitation and slavery. It's what many of us call 21st Century slavery. These new proslavery folks wear good suits, shirts and tie. They work in comfortable offices in perhaps a high floor in a tall building. One will be fortunate to step inside one of these offices with a CV in hand.
This new slave will be a graduate that will most probably have spent good money to take a Master to add to his / her CV, because on these days, it doesn't seem to be enough to hold a degree, but one has to take a costly Master on whatever his / her field to increase their posssibilities.

The trend of Masters

These abound in every universy, but they aren't cheap. It won't be a problem for a graduate that has a well off family, but such expense will be hard to cope with for those families that don't have much.
Will one of these Masters increase their possibilities to get a job in their field? It might or it might not, because companies have a last and definite word.

How these masters work

After having their studies at university to own a degree, many graduates will have a go to take one of these costly masters that will last for another year or more. After having attended all of the modules and having passed the exams, they will enter in the practice period, which means to work in any of the companies offered by a university. The chosen company may be in their hometown or it may be abroad. However and since they are in the practice period, they won't be paid, but they will have to available and ready for whatever the company requires from them. After having finished their practice period, they may get a contract and, therefore, a salary or they may not, because companies have a big pool of graduates with masters to choose from.
Isn't this a new kind of slavery, according with the times we are living in? It doesn't seem slavery if one recalls those workers in cotton or sugar fields, but it is, even though the interviews take place in luxury offices.

© Vicky Pino. November 8th 2016.


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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Nov 2016 (#)

This post aught to be read by others, so dear Vicky, I will re-post it on my Twitter account. Perhaps you could do the same, if you read great work written by other Wikinutters

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author avatar Vicky Pino
10th Nov 2016 (#)

Very true. Actually, I do it when I feel that the topics deserves to be spread. My lodger is doing one of these post degree masters. It has cost her 6000 Euro and it was the cheapest one. My nephew did one at Harvard and still no employment at sight.

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