I was about to walk into my boss’ office and ask for my first pay raise. Somehow, I managed to negotiate my rate from $7.25 an hour to $7.75! *cha-ching*
We weren’t sure how long it would take to get another job and what job that might be. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that this was a low point in my career, or at least I thought it would be.
Now, this could be a sob story about how unemployed life is hard, but it’s not.
Since I was laid off 4 years ½ years ago, I have increased my salary by over 100%.
I was making about $14,000 a year when I became pregnant with my daughter… I was nowhere near my family, I didn’t even have a car or a driver’s license, and within a few months later, I didn’t have a fiancé either. So how did I go from that point to being a lawyer earning a six-figure salary? Well…
Simply put, I benefit from the wage gap. If I realize that, but choose to keep quiet because I don’t want to rock the boat, then that is a tacit endorsement of the wage gap. And that sucks.
We’ll have to completely overhaul our budget to accommodate the realities of my new paycheck
The more common vocal feminist men are, the better. Women will know that they will be supported when they come forward and tell their stories. Men will know that there will be social consequences to being sexist.
Even if we take the most optimistic prediction, that’s huge. Fourteen percent job loss would have massive ramifications on the economy, the stock market, the housing market, and every facet of our lives. Heck, even half of the most optimistic prediction would be an enormous game-changer.
But could this really be possible? Or is everyone panicking about what will essentially be a shift in the types of jobs that people hold — reminiscent of our shift from farm to factory, and from factory to office — but not an actual net job loss?
Just because your career helped to get you where you are does not mean you have to stay on that course.
Because I got to navigate college without a template. It meant I had the freedom to make my own decisions about what to study without any preconceived notions, a luxury that many of today’s college students rarely get.
The prevailing image of the typical Financial Independence practitioner is a tech worker making a solid six-figure wage hunched over a computer. While that …
One of the biggest perks of being blue-collar is that we can leave work at work.
BART’s Chief Transportation Officer Roy Aguilera says it’s possible because Zhang never refuses extra work and picks up much of the overtime hours offered.
If I had been exposed to the options and opportunities, I would have absolutely gone into it at an earlier age.
This incident reminded me that when it comes to a job, no one cares about your qualifications or dedication to the organization. There are rules and procedures to be adhered to, and if you step outside of those, your employer holds the power to end your livelihood in a matter of days—or less.
How exactly are you supposed to quantify your worth in a way that’s useful – especially in negotiations?