“As soon as we start to feel less valued or not as important as someone more senior we take it personally and no amount of money will ever make up for that”
This is because you have yet to reach a degree of professional maturity.
As a ‘young, inexperienced person’ — you are *absolutely less valuable* (in most cases) than someone senior. That’s just a matter of fact.
There’s something funny about the Scandinavian collective delusion for avoiding hierarchy.
It’s essential. Hierarchy involves allocation of responsibilities. Most responsibilities involve more than what one person can do, hence delegation of responsibility, hence hierarchy.
It’s nice that ‘management’ sent someone on this trip, but that it would enthuse someone so much also shows how young and possibly naive the author is.
It’s a business trip. It’s not a big deal, at all. In fact, most people would be miffed that they had to cancel ‘weekend plans’ on such short notice to do some kind of corporate duty. It’s just ‘work’ but in another place. SWSX is just another corporate event, dressed up like it’s not one. The tacos are just tacos. Hotels are hotels. It can be fun and a nice break, but it can also be mundane if that’s what you have to do all of the time.
It’s nice to be recognized, but that also depends on motivation. Some people’s egos and self confidence are assured. They don’t need ‘recognition’ — why would they care. They might rather the extra money or vacation time, or time with their families.