me: Yeah, I got promoted, and I’m being asked to do things above my pay grade without being compensated. I was even told that I wasn’t qualified to do some of these requests because I’m not even supposed to have access to the tools I need simply because of my current job title.
you: You’re really bright and rose really quickly so I’m happy for you.
me: Yeah, and I guess you have to struggle for a while. I just wish that I’d get that promotion if I’m being asked to do things at that level.
you: Listen to me. Don’t get ahead of yourself. SLOW DOWN.
outside me: Haha of course those are just dreams. I don’t expect things to happen just like that in the real world.
rational me: I don’t get why you want me to slow down in terms of my success. I mean, I’m not the type to feel entitled to things. I know I need to put in my work. There are probably things I still have to learn, and I know I’ll get better as I gain more experience. I just believe that people should be compensated when they go above and beyond. Going above and beyond to the next pay grade is not something that is a job requirement, and doing so will help fuel the broken system if you expect people to keep working longer hours with less pay. You helped me out a lot, and maybe you’re saying this just because you want me to be careful and play the game well.
inner me: You should want me to get another promotion. You should want the system to change so people are adequately compensated. Long unpaid hours should not be the norm in a field with high burnout. You’ve become one of them now. Don’t oppress me. F*ck you.