Hurray for me! I reached two of my big financial goals this month, and I'd like to share:
1) I hit 50k by my birthday (at the beginning of this month, just turned 28).
This was important because my calculations showed that it was a good way for me to tell if I was on track to hit 100k by 30.
2) I got a 10k 'raise' at work.
Basically, I've been complaining for quite a while that I'm underpaid. When I started working at my MegaCorp (which has many, many good points to it), I was an assistant covering a full associate position, until someone was hired to fill the place. However, all the people that I worked with gave me such rave reviewed that I was bumped up to full associate, to fill the position myself, after handling it for a few months. This bump involved a nice salary increase, but not an increase that was, let's say, reflective of my bump in responsibilties. I was happy though, because this bump up in position put me quite a bit ahead on the career track.
After a year, I started complaining (politely & reasonably, with a lot of facts to back me up) to HR about how I wasn't being paid what I was worth. Even though I was getting nice increases @ each raise time (6-8%), I still wasn't making what I should. Basically, I was told that they were 'working on it'.
After our last raise period (which came a year after I first complained), I only got a 4% raise, which is considered 'good', but was a bit of a joke to me, compared to my responsibilities. I spoke to HR AGAIN & was told that they're sympathetic, but there's only so much money to go around, and they're still 'working on it'. It was also strongly hinted that I should be grateful for what I've already got, which is BS. THEY should be greatful for what THEY'VE got, an excellent employee, practically for a song (And I told them that, it a polite manner).
Around this time, I got a few phone calls from some people I'd worked with in the past, telling me about some oppurtunities. I went & interviewed for them, got an offer at 10k higher than I was making now, took it back to my company, and they matched it! So, between my earlier raise this year, & this raise, I had a 16% increase in my salary this year.
I am so very thrilled. This whole thing was very stressful. I really love a lot about the MegaCorp that I work for - it has a lot of really good points to it, and I didn't want to leave it yet unless I absolutely had to.
So I feel like I've just had my cake, & can eat it to.
In celebration, I actually *have* ordered a cake: Sassy Praline Sparkler: Susan Morgan: Vanilla Cheesecake - The Artful Home
I've never had a cake like that before, & it's going to be my one indulgence, a kind of pat-on-the-back, for going to bat for myself, and winning.