I am 25 and newly married. My life is not horrible but I am angered by my situation.
I work for a corporation that gives me very few rights (posting this I can actually get fired if I disclose the name of the company or myself).
I work long hours for straight commission. My company can change my commission rates at anytime they desire. I am forced to work even when the store is not open for no hourly wage. If I don’t make minimum wage in a given pay period they will pay me minimum wage but the next time I make more money than minimum wage I have to pay them back.
I have very limited health insurance with outrageous deductibles and after paying for it and paying income tax many of my bi-weekly paychecks are less than four hundred dollars and this is a full-time job!
If I want to make more money I need to move to a salaried position. I have witnessed many friends attempt to do this and they are slaves that have difficulty balancing personal life with the over abundance of hours and demands put on them.
The corporation is too cheap to hire more workers to make salaried workers jobs less demanding. They can not retain good quality employees because they refuse to pay more than minimum wage unless you are on commission or are salaried.
I am smart and a very quick learner but refuse to put myself in thousands of dollars in debt to get a piece of paper that says I am qualified.
I am very creative but any job that I see that I could possibly make a decent income at and be happy doing it needs a degree.
Many people I went to high school with have gone to college and have associate degrees which mean almost as much as a high school diploma in today’s job market.
The ones with bachelor degrees are lucky if they have jobs that pay enough to make a dent in their educational debt. These people still owe thousands of dollars to be a slave. They are no better off than I (I actually have an edge on them by not having tens of thousands of dollars in debt).
I am a slave to society. I work to make money and I can barely afford to live. My husband and I are in an okay position as long as one of the small cracks in the ice below our feet do not begin to spider and break apart.