Times are tough. Fourth-year Business Management/Communication student Lucy Lee has found herself a semester away from graduation without a single internship for her resume. The sparse document is littered with references to summer jobs at sandwich shops, and ‘Tutoring for five years,’ but unfortunately, no internships for her to rely on.
How will she prove to hungry businesses that she has what it takes to serve in her role as a Business Management/Communication specialist?
Luckily for Lucy, one year ago, she was involved in an 18-month relationship with a young man (although many prefer the term ‘fuckboy’ for this particular gentleman) whose conduct bordered on deranged, and often made Lucy’s life a living hell.
However, the dreadful relationship undoubtedly taught Lucy time management, organizational competence, interpersonal conflict management, and how to suffer in silence, all for free. In short, a perfect unpaid internship!
HR professionals have often described spending your early 20s dating a shithead as ‘gaining experience in an adverse environment,’ and ‘learning on the go.’
And certainly teamwork was crucial, as Lucy not only had to deal with her lazy, manipulative ex, but his mother, who believed her son could do no wrong, and Lucy was ‘ungrateful for his love’ every single time she breathed a word of criticism. In many respects, the firms Lucy is applying for are the ‘Mumma’s Boys’ of the PR world, so this unpaid relationship internship is looking more suitable by the minute.
Warming up her fingers for a three-minute session of editing her resume, Lucy could feel the inspiration flowing.
Her resume thus read:
2017 Relationship with objective dingus (unpaid internship)
2018 Community service with Orange Sky Laundry
Her LinkedIn profile is being updated as we speak.
More to come in Lucy’s thrilling saga.