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Want your work experience to become a paid job? Here's my secret | Adrian Chiles

The only thing I have truly excelled at is being an intern. If you’re just starting out, this is what you need to do
Making tea is a life skill that can take an intern far in life – it shows willingness to make yourself useful. Photograph: Getty Images

I spoke at a school speech day this week, at a big Catholic state school in west London. For the occasion I dug out the book I chose as my reward for winning the A-level English prize at school in 1986. I chose it to impress my teachers. It was Anthony Burgess’s biography of DH Lawrence,

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