I followed my dream of becoming an artist by going through a 4 years animation program and got a job soon after graduating.
I love the job, I love my co-workers, including my supervisor and my boss, I feel stimulated by the work I do and I am learning. I have a positive attitude and am proactive at work, actually, since the very first week I been there, my work started standing out and rapidly got known as being excellent.
And yet, with each passing months, I grow more and more and more frustrated, not with the office, but with the company itself, whoever is in charge of wages, and in a way, society itself. Why do I earn only 30,000$ a year, the strict minimum to be able to even survive, for a job that took a full decade of dedication and hard work, including a 4 years university program to become a professional and be able to do what I do?
I feel constantly slapped in the face by random discussion with friends or family when they mention someone getting an internship with a salary equivalent or higher than mine, or someone getting again, the same or higher salary for something that requires no education.
I feel undervalued, Underappreciated and disrespected by a company that boasts monthly about their millions of dollars in net profits, and yet has a reputation by the workers to being extremely cheap with raises and bonuses to their workforce.
Not only that, but I am also a "temporary" contract based employee with no insurance of any kind, no vacations and no paid sick days. Why am I told by relative that believing I should be paid 40,000$ a year instead of 30,000 is somehow entitled when I don't even earn enought right now to save and build a future for myself?
It drives me nuts that companies that rake in hundred of millions in revenues are allowed to give back such low wages and I often feel like I should just hand in my resignation and work on my own.
I'm getting close to my 30s and yet I feel like I can't even dream of owning a car or a house before my 40s while my parents already had all of those in their mid 20s!
Are things worse than ever? Why are entry salaries so low?