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Bénévolat des actifs de demain : amorce de la déprofessionnalisation ?

Abstract : This essay is the analysis of an internship experience that occurred in Australia. Absolutely certain that a working experience abroad was an essential step in her new career, the author, (a student from the University of Caen in France) wrote a cover letter like no other. It ex-pressed a willingness to work full time, under full workload, for three to six months with a sporting event company on a voluntary basis. Having assumed that the notion of voluntary placement was more or less free help and somewhat exceptional, it was much of a culture shock to discover upon arrival that over half of the organisa-tion’s staff were in also unpaid volunteers. This Australian company, clearly aiming at high profit and margins, was almost exclusively recruiting volunteers. In France however, even the smallest non-profit organisations try to hire paid profes-sionals, contributing to the so called profession realisation phenomenon. What is the logic behind those practices? Why would so many people decide to volunteer for a company? Does this phenomenon solely occur outside of our borders? At the time of the French professionalization of sporting clubs and organisations, could this experience be qualified as the de-professionalization of the sporting industry? The following essay attempts to bring a few answers to the numerous questions raised from the paradox: ‘’businesses with volunteers / non-for-profit organisations with employees’’.
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Laëtitia Chirlias. Bénévolat des actifs de demain : amorce de la déprofessionnalisation ?. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2015. ⟨dumas-02316352⟩



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