“I negotiated my salary for this job. The position only requires a bachelor’s, and I earned my master’s in 2017. I was also going to be commuting in this position, so it needed to be worth it. I asked for $45,000 (but was willing to take $40,000) and received a call saying they wanted to give me $46,000, because I was worth it. Y’all, I cried when I got off the phone. I was so overwhelmed, because I had worked so hard, at multiple jobs at the same time for so long, and this salary would no longer require me to do that. Now I live in an apartment by myself.
“I love my job. I am a social worker, and I get to work with families and children ages birth to five. Since I’ve been here, which is not long, I’ve spearheaded the creation of an intern program. I supervise the interns that will now come in, lead classes at seminars, and run the social media account. I also found out that I make about $10,000 more than my coworkers, so I feel truly blessed to be in the position that I am in and to be offered so many opportunities.”