Yesterday I received some great news. Great news that kind of sucked. I got an email from my agency indicating that paperwork had been processed for me to receive a promotion. Booya for promotions. My annual salary jumps from $62,451 to $74,854. Booya for finally making more than my mom… I’ve been waiting to say that for a loooong time.
As great as yesterday was, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad. I was sad for two reasons
1) It’s my last significant promotion…EVER!
2) Apparently Justin Bieber cut off his beautiful brown hair, in an effort to appear more mature. Why Beiber…WHY?!
For the purposes of keeping things financial, we will be ignoring the tragedy of point number two, and focusing only on the on point one. LONG LIVE BIEBER (just had to get that out of my system).
I’ve already told you how the government pay system works. Hopefully you are up to speed, if not take a minute to read through the post. Although I’m really excited to be a GS-12 and bring home about $600/month more, I’m also faced with the reality that, no matter how hard I work from this point forward, I will NEVER be promoted higher than a GS-12.
This my friends is why working for the government isn’t all rainbows and unicorns like you often read about. The raises are nice, because you know when to expect them and how much they’ll be, but when they stop coming they really stop. There’s no bonus structure. I literally have 0.00% chance of ever getting promoted to a GS-13 in my current postion. Doesn’t matter how hard I work, or how long I stick around. There’s no negotiating with the fed.
This my friends causes panic in my heart. I’m 25 years old. I’m a long way off from retirement. What kind of ninja would I be if I just stayed a GS-12 for the rest of my life…answer: a pretty lame one. I got some figuring out to do. I need to find a way to increase my income. Maybe that means I monetize the bajeeezus out of this blog, maybe I apply for some new jobs, or maybe I’ll invent the next Snuggie. One thing is for sure, I plan to make more money each consecutive year for the next ten or so years.
What’s your plan to make more?