It pays to know your rights

When I was just out of school, I thought it was my responsibility to work for free. I worked often for senior designers but always on their "pet projects" and never on work that would give me the real experience I needed to land a job. I looked at their employees, who were the same age and had the experience as me and saw them graduating to better and better positions. I realised the only difference between them and me was that they had salary which is so much more than just money, a salary is leverage.