Agree or Disagree: Jobless University grads should work for free

This idea comes from Bank of Governor Stephen Poloz.  He suggested this to a House of Commons committee. He suggests that Young Canadians should acquire more experience through unpaid internship or volunteering until the job market in Canada picks up. You can read the story from Beacon News here.

Poloz argues that and, this is a quote from the article, "Volunteer to do something which is at least somewhere related to your expertise so that it’s clear that you are gaining some learning experience during that period.

Now, if you are like me, you may have went to work today. One of the reasons that you are at work is, well, to collect a paycheque every couple of weeks. So, it may feel a little unfair to expect University grads to do work for free.  And that reaction certainly was evident. Particularly, around the controversy about unpaid internships. In 2011, Andrew Ferguson was an intern at a Calgary radio station. After a 16 hour day, he drove home and died in a car accident. That incident opened up an ongoing discussion around unpaid internships.

So, one the one hand, it doesn't seem fair to expect people to work for free.  On the other hand, however, is the big question. How does one get experience for a position without getting experience in a position? And although, I see why many are frustrated with Poloz's comments, I think his point was missed. His point seemed to be that people looking for work should find ways to be innovative and creative to gain experience to be qualified.

What are your thoughts?