DEGREES OF FAILURE

An unscrupulous employer takes advantage of the highly educated:

Clearing table after table of empty beer and wine glasses in a busy bar, Ashleigh Mounser realised she was being had. The four-hour shift at the Howlin’ Wolf was pitched to her as a job try out. But there was no training, no job at the end – and no pay.

“The owner made no effort to train me in making drinks,” says Mounser. “He mostly used me to collect glasses from the tables on a busy Saturday night, which is a strange time to genuinely train someone.”

It was not the first or last time she would feel ripped off.

The University of Wollongong creative writing graduate might have obtained a degree with some value.

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