A former teacher wasn’t expecting to go viral after he posted about his new job at Walmart. 28-year-old Seth Goshorn posted a TikTok video in July in which he said he was quitting his teaching job to work at the retail giant.
“Leaving teaching after 6 years to go be a manager at Walmart and make more not using my degree,” he wrote in the clip, which shows him wearing a Walmart uniform and holding up another Business Insider reported.
Goshorn told Good Morning America he changed jobs for one reason only the increase in salary. “It was a lot better than I think people are used to and what people would expect,” he said.
Goshorn worked in education for five and a half years, first he was a reading tutor and then as a second-grade teacher, according to GMA. Last school year, he made $43,000 teaching in Ohio’s Stark County. However, now the former teacher says he makes $55,000 a year before bonuses at a Walmart in Massillon, Ohio, as a stocking 2 coach. The job includes ensuring delivery trucks are unloaded.
The video shined a light on downside of teaching in many people’s mind which is the pay.
“I absolutely don’t want this to be that I’m just trying to discourage anybody from becoming a teacher,” he told GMA. “That’s not the case. I just want my teacher friends to be paid as they should be.”
“Think about how good our teachers can be if they could focus on just teaching, and not have to work a second job on the weekends,” he continued. “They didn’t choose to have to work a second job that comes along with it, and that’s the thing that I would have loved to see go away.”