I have been out of uni for a year and working for a small manufacturer as an industrial designer/ design engineer. I do a lot of cad and reverse model clients ancient parts and design and model die casting tooling which we cut in house to be cast at our foundry. I do some sketching and apply standards to new parts I design, but have only designed a few products for our company.
My question is, how long is the usual stint of graduate wage? I am on a wage just above what my girlfriend gets for admin work and I have a degree in Industrial Design. I’m not sure if I should be getting a substantial pay rise this year because I have never been in this situation before, but I need more money. I’ve just turned 30 and have zero savings and am finding it hard to pay off the debts I accumulated at uni let alone the car I had to buy to get to work.
There are jobs out there which pay $10,000-$25,000 more than I am getting, but I don’t know if I have worked in the field long enough to pursue them. I also feel bad about jumping ship after one year, but need to think of my future.