Bajrovic moved to Toronto a year ago when her employer, a regional Arts Council where she held a marketing position and earned $400 weekly, went bankrupt. She has since worked brief stints at various marketing and public relations firms here, but nothing that paid well or lasted long.
“I did a lot of free work too,” she says. “I’d say, ‘Look, try me for three months and I’ll work for free! If you like me, hire me, and if not, good bye.’ That’s not great either, but I think that’s how desperate we are; we’re asking to work for free.”