My younger brother is getting married in 2 months, has his own home, and a career in his preferred field making close to $50 an hour. I've never had a girlfriend, and am still trying to further my schooling while working as a Paramedic making $2 an hour on call.
@spences, I really hope ya mean $20/h, cos I'm fairly certain $2/h is illegal
@TheStarHawk, Nope $2. Since it's pager pay. If I get a call, it's $28 an hour for a 4-hour call out. If not, it can be a $24 day.
Unfortunately, the community I work in is like 1500 people, so I sometimes can go weeks without a call.
@spences, oh jesus wow. Is there nothing in place that says if you don't get a call they have to still pay you an equivalent amount? Like say selling cars at a dealership, they can be on little to no money per hour and make £50 commission per sale for example, but if they don't meet the required minimum amount they get paid to that minimum. So if they have a really good week they can, earn a lot but if they have a slow week they will still get paid a set amount. Also that's honestly just awful. How can they pay you $2 when not on call? Yeah you aren't in an active event but you are on your work hours prepared for any events. $2 is a stupidly low amount, and especially for the job your doing. They should also realise that your region doesn't get much activity and accommodate for that
@Jipz, There's been recent contract talks after a strike that will get us a guaranteed 4-hour callout per day, if we don't get a real call.
One of my main issues is I have to commute each day over an hour either way. The station I'm at has no bedrooms (only a small cot), and since I'm in another city, I can't really work another job while on shift.
@spences, thst was a quick reply lol, yeah that sounds quite a fair bit better. I did also edit my last comment after sending it, added a bit on the end
@Jipz, Hahaha. I did the same. Yeah. I've heard of people getting paid 48 hours in a 12 hour window, but that's very rare. The pay is based on qualification level, shift pattern, number of calls, time out on those calls, and whether or not you made it back to the station. If I get a call at 6:00am and am back at 6:30am, it's 4 hours. If I get another at 6:35am, it's another 4 hours. However, if I haven't made it back to the station after the first call, I'm still in my first 4 hours. If I go over the 4 hours, it's based on time out (5 hours out is 5 hours total pay), but if I'm out for more than 8 consecutive hours, I start getting OT pay. Then there are the full timers that get paid the full wage for the day no matter what happens.
@spences, hey keep your head up, different paths for different people
@madeyoulook2, I haven't stopped fighting since 2014, and I won't stop until I get into/pass med school.
Thanks for the reassurance, though.
This feels like a personal attack
Too real guys
I have a younger sister, and this is already the path she's on. Only 14, but better grades than me and my younger brother at that age. She's set on becoming valedictorian.
It's only because Mom and Dad love her more than you.
A friend of my mother had a son and daughter. The daughter was very bright and went to college, did very well, and when she graduated ended up working at Wendy’s while trying to find a job in her chosen career. Her son got a job selling kitchen knives door to door, did incredibly well in sales, and managed to work himself up to Vice President of the company and a six figure salary. Stuff like that does happen... that said, stay in school kids, the odds are against it.
Oof... Pressure! Pushing down on me!
I’m in this picture and I don’t like it.