The ANU marketing machine is busily humming away with a call for students to ‘work’ at it’s annual open day. While the ANU (and other institutions) have been calling these activities volunteering and rewarding their ‘volunteers’ with cash-equivalent vouchers to supermarkets for years, this recent email has to make you wonder if the ANU truly views it that way…
- Title: Work at Open Day & earn a $50 voucher!
The ANU Open Day fast approaching (Sat. 29^ August) & we are in need once again for current students to assist us.
If you feel confident talking about your (positive!) experiences as an ANU engineering student and are free on Sat. 29 August, please contact me at:email@example.com
Here is some extra info:
WHEN: Saturday, 29 August
TIME: 8:30am – 4:00pm (thank you pizza & drinks will follow). Note, a full day commitment is preferred.
JOBS: Talking to potential students in the gym & in our design studio.
‘PAYMENT’: A $50 Coles/Myer voucher for students who work a full day. For those that can only work half a day they will receive a $25 voucher. First preference will be given to those that can work a full day.
REGISTER YOUR DETAILS:
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Thursday 20 August. A meeting will be held at 1pm on Thursday 27 August in the Ian Ross Seminar Room (R214) to assign jobs & to hand out ANU t.shirts to wear on the day.
Please include the following info. in registering your interest:
Full name of your program:
Approximate year you are in:
I can work a full day or half day:
Mobile number (this will be kept confidential):
I’ll be taking names of the first 30 people to reply. From there I’ll create a waiting list. Student association members & ‘EWB students’ who may have already heard about the need for student helpers must also register. Please note that if you don’t register you don’t get ‘paid’. Also, please note that if you turn up on the day to help out & have not registered you will also not get ‘paid’!
I have no doubt the ANU will successfully find students willing to do the work, give their large pool of foreign students who will be keen to find extra ‘work’ beyond their 20 hours allowed by the government, but by the time you do 7.5 hours of work, 30 minutes setup / packup, and an hour of
training assignment of jobs this equates to $5.56 an hour or about one third of the minimum wage.