I have 20 years experience in my profession, (finance) however due to the fact that I was not able to finish my degree, I know I am paid far less than many other people, not only in my work group, but throughout my company.
I have never had discussions regarding how much any one person makes, but just simple conversations make the wage gap very apparent.
For lack of a better way to say this, my biggest point of contention, is I am literally unable to afford to live anywhere without a roommate, and I am 41 years old. My midyear review is coming up, and I would just like some advice on how to bring this up with my supervisor, without seeming ungrateful, but also try to point out that I deserve to be able to afford my own home and my own space, and that the company is not providing me with the means to do so. I am just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to bring this up, without making it sound too personal, even though it is.
I am often told not only by my supervisor, but by many different people throughout our organization that I am appreciated, but I feel far less than that when I am not even afforded the opportunity to have my own home.
Also, please note, if I am unable to afford my own place to live, suggestions on continuing my education are a moot point. Shelter is a basic human need we should all be able to afford regardless of education levels.