[LRUG] [WORK EXPERIENCE AD] Make public services better!

James Adam james at lazyatom.com
Thu Mar 5 01:12:43 PST 2009

We had young Alex MacCaw 'intern' at Aegis for a week or so, and then  
again as a paid slave/junior for a few months at Reevoo. Once we beat  
some of the precociousness out of him, I think everyone found it a  
useful experience. The boy still wont write tests though

I couldn't comment on his actual salary, but I don't think it was a  

Seems like industries can perpetuate the 'unpaid work experience'  
where the demand for jobs is much higher than availability. I'm not  
sure that's the general case in ours, so I'd be surprised if the  
practice took off.


On 5 Mar 2009, at 09:00, Tim Cowlishaw wrote:

> Hmm, I'm a little cynical about this - The culture of unpaid work  
> placements (which are pretty much almost mandatory for finding a  
> paid job later) has become commonplace in plenty of other industries  
> -  I don't think it's particularly valuable to anyone apart from the  
> companies getting skilled workers for free, and i'd hate to see the  
> same cultrure become prevalent in software development. Is there any  
> particular reason (apart from budgetary considerations) that's  
> stopping you from hiring a paid employee? If paying for a skilled  
> programmer is impossible for whatever reason, have you thought about  
> open-sourcing your code and building a community of contributing  
> developers around it as an alternative? To my mind, that would  
> provide better incentives for skilled people to contribute, and  
> would lead to a broader skillset working on your code.
> Cheers,
> Tim
> On 4 Mar 2009, at 23:40, Ian Drysdale wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I'm Ian, and I head up the online and social software work we do at  
>> thinkpublic.  We're interested in how the web and social software  
>> holds huge potential for improving public services.  We work with  
>> an exciting range of organisations to explore this, coming up with  
>> new ideas, tools and services.  We're looking for someone who likes  
>> developing (preferably in HTML, CSS and Ruby on Rails) and is  
>> interested in gaining work experience within our team.  If this  
>> sounds like you, why not get in touch, please include a CV,  
>> examples of recent web work and a few words about why you'd like to  
>> work with us.
>> Thanks for your time,
>> Ian
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