This sounds horribly familiar — it's usually me moaning about potential wasted. Having listened to the argument, and having seen the work experience group on an almost daily basis while they were here, I'm sure that my friend is wrong: there are significant positive messages in this girl's experience with us:
- Somebody took a chance and took her on. From my own experience of unemployment back in the 1980s I know how important this is.
- Somebody was interested in who she was, not what she was.
- Somebody was interested in finding out what she could do, not what she couldn't do.
- And what she could do turned out to be a bit more than she thought she was capable of.
We're not God, the best that we can do is plant acorns and hope to grow the occasional bit of forest.
There are worse ambitions.