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to be biting my tongue and think they are being twits about jobs/unpaid experience?

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LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 14-Nov-12 08:53:02

I am this close to snapping back about this so just want to see if I am BU or if you can tell me to be a nicer person.

A few days ago I was asked to publicize a competition which has been set up to give people an unpaid position, while they're looking for the paid equivalent. They'd also get space to work and access to various subscription-only stuff you'd need. Jobs are very competitive so there are lots of people who will be in the position of not having found one yet, so the fact this is competitive too, means it would be better on your CV than a blank.

Obviously I know it won't be for everyone. It isn't anything to do with me as an initiative - I was literally just asked to spread the word. So I did. People now keep responding and asking what it's for, saying they don't see why it's made competitive 'as they could just give it to everyone' and saying it's pointless as it doesn't pay anything. I replied a couple of times saying why I thought it was being offered and I'm now giving up.

Am I being unreasonable to think they are being idiots? Here they are, they haven't managed to get jobs, but they're turning their noses up at this and seem to have no understanding why there might be competition for it. I made it clear I am just passing on information and am still getting these stupid snooty comments about how they wouldn't choose to do this, etc. etc.

I am so tempted to reply pointing out that beggars can't be choosers. AIBU?

LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 12:22:56

grin at ephiny.

I banned myself a few months ago to get some work done.

Whatnowffs Thu 15-Nov-12 12:48:51

LRD i was a science PhD in the lab - i thank GOD that i never discovered mumsnet while i was doing it! Oh and 20k grant? <THUD> That was me falling off my chair laughing, ouch, that hurt! 10k and i was lucky!

LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 15-Nov-12 12:52:23

It was big who mentioned the 20k grant for sciences. But yes - god knows how I get anything done with MN!

Actually, I do believe it helps - it's good to be able to chat when you're working, I think, otherwise it's easy to get too solitary.

Ephiny Thu 15-Nov-12 13:00:51

Wellcome Trust studentships are often over £20k, but normally it's more like £15-17k, going by the ones I was applying for a couple of years ago anyway (that's with London weighting though).

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