I did this once early on in my career and it paid off. I really wanted to work for a certain company in the field that related to my major in college (computer science and business administration). The job was a software engineer. I took a fairly significant pay cut, but made it up in time. It usually pays to take a long term view with your career, investing, etc.

The other option to consider is volunteering. That way a company can put you through a probationary period of sorts, at no loss to themselves. If nothing else the references and experience gained can be used elsewhere, and highlight transferrable skills and resourcefulness. Both options have worked well for me.

While that would be great, many U.S. businesses won't let you work for free. There are paid probationary periods though or internships that help them "test the waters" concerning their newer people.

But I do agree with your concept. It might be possible with very small companies.

Still a good way in. 'Work experience', and volunteer work is possible here in some instances here in the UK. Charity work gives good experience in many areas. Internships are more competitive, and relate to larger companies. Experience for a smaller company is still good experience. A bit like starting in the 'post room' and making your way up.


Yep, tougher to do here in U.S. businesses. But charities do take on volunteers and that's a place where one could gain experience for free here in the U.S.