Honey in  
Machine Learning Engineer a year ago

Best career advice needed urgently

Hi Levels.fyi community,
I have four and half years gap, 3 years gap in education and 1 and half year  gap after graduation, I have done two unpaid internships both for three months separately after graduation, internships was in Human Resources and mortgage and real estate consultancy but unfortunately those internships were not counted in my previous experience but right now I am again doing unpaid internship in Robotic Process Automation Development using UiPath and Automation Anywhere tools from a big company but I am not sure whether I would be able to become permanent employee here because its permanency starts with when a new project comes in and assigned to an intern, so basically I have three issues here, first of all, despite being a $460million dollar+ company, there are not paying anything to interns and secondly as it is not guaranteed to get a job there because it totally depends on clients and projects if those comes in, and thirdly, my career gap, 
"what should I do right now to move towards best career with competitive pay like mentioned by employees annonymously on Levels.fyi?" 
UHBCy1soofData Analyst a year ago
I dont understand how companies can get away with "unpaid internships". Should be illegal (and I think in banking anyway). You should at least upload your work on some platforms like fivver and build a portfolio you can market despite the gaps.
HoneyMachine Learning Engineer a year ago
But the company has restricted me also from using freelancing platform.



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