In an alternate universe, I could easily be working as an employee in a tuition centre like “Learning Champs”, drawing a salary and receiving employee benefits.

And imagine if such a scenario played out on me:

Learning Champs is running into financial difficulties and Mind Lab is taking over the tuition centre I have worked at for the past three years.

Mind Lab: Hi 15HWW, since you will be starting out with us as a new tutor, here is the financial package you will be receiving in 2017.

15HWW: Why is my salary being reduced to that of a fresh graduate when I have been working in this same tuition centre for three years? Doesn’t my experience count?

Mind Lab: We are sorry to hear this but since 2017 is the first year you will be joining us, this is how we peg your pay.

Thankfully, in reality, the …