by Ross Wade, School of COM Career Guy
Earlier this week I read an article in the Washington Post about the salary gap between men and women one year out from graduating. According to the article “women made only 82 percent of what the men were paid, with the average woman making $35,296 while men were paid an average of $42,918.” Reading this article got me thinking about my students, and how terrified they are when it comes to talking salary during the interviewing and hiring process. Many students don’t even think about their professional worth until they’ve already accepted a starting salary (sometimes finding out later they should have asked for more).
A few months ago I wrote a post called “Salary. Know your worth!”, and I wanted to link it to the iMedia blog so my students start thinking about their professional worth now. The post has some good resources and strategies for understanding professional worth, having a plan when negotiating an offer, etc. Starting off at a new job with a salary you’re unhappy with will benefit neither your employer nor you. Know your worth!