Hello. May I please benefit from the advice of others here? I have 6 years of systems administrator experience at a university. I have a BS in CS. I have no industry certifications. At the time I was hired, I was part-time and still a student. Upon graduation, I was offered a full-time position and my salary was doubled, making it $30,000. My co-worker also has the same degree but makes $45,000 a year. At the time he was hired (1 week before me), he had politics (his father is a professor in another department on campus), but no degree. He earned a degree in CS 1 semester later. However, he lacks personal skills and is quite rude and disrespectful to others in the department. So, he is basically left alone because no one wants to deal with him, and subsequently, my work load increases all the time. As for me, I can get along with anyone. But what disturbs me is the fact that my work load is actually more than his, and I have more skills than him. Politics is very important in a university setting (my opinion, to which I'm entitled to) and I don't have any at all. My boss had politics (best friends with the then department head) and makes $65,000 a year, with no CS degree and no industry certs. In January I will meet with my boss and the department head for my performance evaulation. The magazine Sys Admin, http://www.samag.com/ has a call for papers. I have been thinking of writing an article to get published. I want to study and obtain some industry certifications. I read an informative post about Charles Stuart University and their master's degree in this section. These are the areas I want to work on. I want to list my accomplishments in the department. Can anyone please offer me any advice concerning this endeavour? Is it even possible for me to get a pay raise in my current department? Of course, I realise and understand the old saying, "life ain't fair", but come on-this is really not fair. Does anyone have any suggestions that might help? Thank you in advance.