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This is an opinion piece by Eric Podwojski, account manager at Bitcoin Magazine.

Introduction

December 2019 — I was sitting in my manager’s office preparing to discuss a possible promotion, a year-end bonus, and a pay rise. At the time, I was almost two years out of college in my first high-paying job outside of school. I was working as a civil engineer designing gas pipelines outside Washington, DC

My manager at the time was a highly respected professional engineer with over 15 years of experience. He slipped me a torn piece of yellow paper at the start of the meeting that said “8.2% + $500 + Senior Design Engineer”. It was my reward for nearly two years of hard work and dedication with this engineering firm. I wanted to shout in his face but decided to calmly explain that a typical salary increase for promotion is 10-20%, inflation is at least 2% per year and the bonus is appreciated but not significant. His response was “meh,” and I left that meeting realizing that this system I’ve played all my life was designed to hold me back. I was ready to change that.



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