When I was a student, around 15 years ago, working in a McDonald’s in Milan was the only possibility I had to work and study. In addition, a 24 hour contract plus some overtime (when I could) allowed me to live independently as a student-worker. There were no other opportunities;
and I also looked for them; I won’t even tell you what I found, laughable proposals, nothing serious or economically worthy. The job was tough, but not tougher than other jobs I had done when I was younger and wanted to pay for my vacations. The advantage was in the time flexibility, and the possibility to work out of class hours. And by working hard, I also had the opportunity to have a career, that since I was pursuing a degree, I refused. Today, I remember those times with great satisfaction, but also with a great acknowledgment of the opportunity that company gave to me.