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Nick de Taranto

Freelance writer and researcher in TV documentaries.

Nick de Taranto is an Anglo-German history and English literature graduate.

He writes on politics and history and his main bugbear, the unpaid internship.

Most of Nick's time is taken up as a researcher for history documentaries, though when he has the chance he likes to go and shoot a film of his own.

From No to Low Pay

Unpaid internships are just a prelude to a lifetime of low pay, normalising the idea that money earned is not enough to live off... the hourglass economy is a visual metaphor that describes the disappearance of middle income jobs, but at its heart there is a fallacy. We are not a country divided by earnings, so much as by assets - and this is especially true for the young.
26/11/2014 17:22 GMT

Das Praktikum vs. the Internship: Lessons From Germany

Germany today is <em>the</em> European exemplar to which the UK commentariat regularly doffs its cap. The British right admires its robust and competitive economy and the left applauds its ability to square late capitalism with residues of social democracy.
11/02/2014 12:21 GMT

Social Mobility 'Tsar': The Clue's in the Name

We should have seen it coming. Even the most cursory student of Russian history will be able to tell you that though the Muscovite despots stood for many things, social mobility sure as hell wasn't one of them.
06/06/2013 12:00 BST

'Tutoring Boom'? Think Educational Bust

Confession: I am a private tutor and the earnings from tutoring a number of school-age students often make up more of my income than I'd like to admit. This is not pass comment on the controversy surrounding the varying merits and detriments of private tuition. That's a separate debate.
01/05/2013 11:39 BST

Clichés Will Trivialise the Unpaid Internship Debate

Trivialising unpaid internships helps masquerade free work as an annoying, if inevitable, first rung on the career ladder. Because of this we risk the practice becoming the norm and contaminating other career fields until it is an utterly essential part of 'working' life.
20/03/2013 17:48 GMT