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Anonymous, 32

I began on a mere $23,500 p/a as a junior graphic designer. Since then, I have moved into the roles of mid-weight, senior designer and eventually studio manager, my salary climbing with each new position.

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Sydney

10 questions you wish you could ask her.

1. Where do you live?
Sydney, NSW Australia
2. How old are you?
32
3. Relationship Status?
Divorced
4. Education
Higher School Certificate and Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
5. What do you do and how much do you earn?
I’m a Project Manager for a Design Studio. I earn a salary that allows me to live comfortably, without debt, including the ability to travel overseas at least once a year for pleasure.
6. Can you share the story of how your career began and the salaries along the way?
I began on a mere $23,500 p/a as a junior graphic designer. Since then, I have moved into the roles of mid-weight, senior designer and eventually studio manager, my salary climbing with each new position.I am currently employed as a project manager and earn almost 4 times what I began on in 2001.
7. What has been your biggest financial challenge and success?
My biggest challenge has been my divorce and the financial responsibility I have had to take on as a single woman over 30. In my previous marriage, my husband handled all of our finances and I have felt a great achievement and success in learning how to take this over, negotiate a financial settlement and become responsible for my own money.
8. What savings/debt do you have?
I have no debt and a good amount of savings to help get me back on my feet and start a new life.
9. What does financial security mean to you?
I think financial security means to not worry about the future. Knowing that you can support yourself, not only through your 20’s and 30’s but also into retirement is something that will allow you to concentrate on living well today and not worrying about tomorrow.
10. What’s the best money advice you can give to women?
Always play an pro-active role in your finances. Even if you are married, make sure you know where your money is going, how you are building your wealth and handling your debt, as a couple. Don’t get lazy and leave it all to your partner. Take on the responsibility and it will reward you.
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