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- Dec 12, 2009
For some months now the guy in the position directly above mine (not a management role, no special qualifications, just a higher paid more senior position) has been seconding to another department (we're public servants) and in that time I've taken on the responsibilities of his role because someone had to. His role is now up as a temp position and if he leaves to take on a permanent position at the other department which I have no doubt he will (it saves him about 30min each way transit) that role will become permanent, needless to say I'd like to have that higher paying role so I've applied to second into the temp position.
I very much doubt I will get it.
At the moment it's an employer's market, jobs are scarce, potential employees are plentiful, I'd like to think my boss is a decent person who appreciates the work I do but realistically why would he pay me more and go through the added hassle of hiring someone to fill my position when he could just hire a new senior employee?
What am I going to do, quit? It would be madness to give up the security I have out of spite.
I suppose when the role is filled I'll be able to relax a bit, as a permanent my boss can't get rid of me unless I really fuck up somehow and as the junior to a senior it is to be expected that I can hand over those higher responsibilities to him. I'll still get stuck with all the grunt work but hey work is work, I used to cheerily clean the dishes in the office kitchen (there was a roster but people would "forget" or be "too busy") which everybody appreciated until I pointed out they were paying me for work below my pay grade. Suddenly there was money in the budget for a washing machine, funny that.
But then again if someone gets the temp role it's only temp, it'll come up again in six months, maybe I shouldn't give up those responsibilities maybe they won't give it to me now but if I work harder still maybe I'll prove myself to be invaluable somehow or at very least a worthwhile investment, maybe if my boss really appreciates me I'll get that senior role.
Or I could bust my ass for six months just to be let down again.
Sigh, it's fine, I have other plans anyway.
Like the video says I have my own cultish belief that I can invent something in my garage with which I can start a business and rise to wealth and power based solely off my own hard work, perseverance and intellectual merit.