Bring back aspects of apprenticeship: In this arrangement, apprentices are paid less while they are mastering their craft—so employers aren't paying for training and a big salary at the same time. Accounting firms, law firms and professional-services firms have long operated this way, and have made lots of money off their young associates.
I now work for a startup located 5 miles from home in a rustic, bucolic farmhouse, wear jeans, collaborate with industry veterans and laugh at my desk. All for the bargain basement salary of $350/week (gross), with no benefits. I wouldn't trade it for anything, as my sanity is more precious to me than toting the corporate line.
Were the pencil skirt and heels mandatory? Because I think you'd have grounds for violating worker safety if they were. (Seriously, heels can be bad for your health.)
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