The misuse of the internship contract

Look­ing at the out­put of the sur­vey, and in par­tic­u­lar, the aver­age wage and work hours, the results appear to be in line with the law. How­ever, by care­fully read­ing the sta­tis­tics, a more alarm­ing phe­nom­e­non can be rec­og­nized:
31% of inter­vie­wees belong to the group of grad­u­ated archi­tects (hold­ing a mas­ter or higher degree) work­ing under an intern­ship agree­ment or sub­jected to under-the-table agree­ments involv­ing no con­tract.
By focus­ing on the par­tic­u­lars of this 31%, one dis­cov­ers that the great major­ity (86%) of archi­tects have com­pleted at least one or more years of work expe­ri­ence in the field of archi­tec­ture. This rep­re­sents the most con­tro­ver­sial find­ing of the sur­vey, since it under­lines a grow­ing trend, which is the weak­en­ing of the power of labor.

Within the realm of archi­tec­tural prac­tices (from one-man com­pa­nies up to multi­na­tion­als) there exists a need to re-define con­trac­tual con­di­tions and methods/modalities of prac­tice in order to re-establish the dig­nity of the workers.

In a moment of eco­nomic, polit­i­cal and cul­tural cri­sis it is unlikely to secure work­ers by adopt­ing tra­di­tional means.
Assum­ing it is impos­si­ble for the labor mar­ket to pro­vide sta­bil­ity, being flex­i­ble remains the way to go for most of the companies.

How­ever, what should a worker do? Is it pos­si­ble for a worker to achieve a (/n eco­nomic) bal­ance by means of flex­i­bil­ity?!
How can a per­son pro­vide for his/her future when hav­ing to jump from one tem­po­rary con­tract to another , quite pos­si­bly incur­ring long peri­ods of unemployment?

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2015-04-01 13:27:31

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Conrad Newel

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 18:10:56

@Colt Sievers I will be the first to agree with you on all counts. I would love to read that article. If you ever want to publish it on my blogg please do not hesitate to contact me.

Colt Sievers

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 16:58:10

@Conrad having worked in one of those offices that you mention, I have found your post as much provocative as naive and simplistic. I should make an entire post to explain why... will leave that for later. Thanks, anyway, to keep the discussion alive

Conrad Newel

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 16:45:07

Besides my terrible diction or lack thereof this raises another issue. Should we really feel outrage or sympathy for these interns? After all the ones who can afford to take these kind of jobs are the sons and daughters of the wealthy. What this letter is, is infact symbolic capital and social significance for sale. The rich kid can buy this piece of significance for among other reasons to go to a party and say to his less affluent counterpart, "hey I work for SANAA, or DS+R or whoever. Where do you work again?" Its a status symbol, just like a porsche, or a private jet. Affordable to a selected few that can afford it.