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FEATURE: Working holidays: exploitation or experience?

PROS, CONS:The popularity of working holidays amid claims of exploitation in menial jobs has alarmed some who say it shows that young Taiwanese see no future at home

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Lo did not comment on some students seeing working holidays as a fast track to prosperity, nor did he mention Taiwan’s low wages as one of the reasons college graduates seek better-paid work overseas, even if that means doing a menial job in a poor working environment.

He said that his agency’s position is to encourage people to try jobs at home and overseas.

“Working holidays give young people the chance to experience different cultures and learn to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances,” Lo said.

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