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Sometimes it can feel like everyone has a better paid job than you. You may work in a field that is not well paid or you may just be working your way up through a company’s salary scheme. It can be difficult though, if you feel that you deserve more money than you get. There are different things that you can do though, which could help you to get more pay.

It can be worth thinking about what you really want to do in order to get more pay as well as how much more you would like to get. It may be that you can ask for a pay rise or put I some more hours at the job that you are doing. However, you may find that this will not be possible or not be enough for you. If so then you need to consider some more. You may be able to move to another company, doing the same job which will pay you more and therefore it is worth applying and seeing what happens.

It could be that within the field that you work, there is a limited amount of jobs available or that the ones that are available are not well paid. This means that you may need to consider a career change. If you are prepared to start at the bottom and work up, you could have quite a few options, but you may find that it will be better to get some qualifications so that you can start a bit higher up or you may find that this is the only way to get into that industry. This is not always easy though. But it could be possible to do a part time course while working in order to get the qualifications required. However, you will need to pay for the course and so you will have to find the money and time to invest in your education in order to get better pay at the end. Only you will know if you think that this will be worth it. You may find that you will be worse off while studying, but as long as you budget well and hold off spending on big things until you are able to find a better paid job, you should be able to manage. However, before you start, make sure that you research the availability of the type of job that you want so that you can be sure that you will be able to find work when you have finished. Note the salaries as well as the experience and qualifications required so that you are really sure that the time and effort spent studying will be worth it.

Once you are ready to apply for a job, you will need to be confident in your abilities and be prepared to negotiate a good salary level. Often an advertised salary is not exactly what will be offered and so it will be up to you to show that you are worth a high amount of pay.