Most people in the United States agree public school teachers work too hard for too little money and benefits in most states.
But it’s still surprising a teacher could leave their classroom and make more money as a manager at a retail chain.
Former Ohio teacher, Seth Goshorn, proved it was possible, however, when he shared on TikTok in July he had ended his teaching contract and set aside his teaching materials for a familiar blue uniform.
Seth of @sg_powerlifting on TikTok shared:
“Leaving teaching after 6 years to go be a manager at Walmart and make more not using my degree.”
@sg_powerlifting Its not even close….. #fyp #walmart #education #leavingteaching #walmartcoach #careerchange ♬ Camera Shutter Click (Digital SLR Photo Camera Taking Pictures) [Version 3] – Finnolia Sound Effects
The video quickly went viral with more than 63 thousand likes, over 1500 comments and over 1300 shares on TikTok alone. The platform’s reaction was thoroughly mixed with understanding, skepticism, and gratitude.
Some thanked Seth for his time in the classroom and hoped he made good memories.
Seth also shared in a video he appreciated comments like these.
@sg_powerlifting Replying to @8stormchaser6 Thank you for all the pistive comments! Excited to keep spreading the message! #Walmart #APlaceForEveryone #education #viral ♬ original sound – Sethy Gabriel
Others understood why he was leaving the classroom behind.
Seth agreed with this sentiment, at least in theory.
@sg_powerlifting Replying to @ladderco29 ♬ original sound – Sethy Gabriel
He also added in another video it was important for teachers to do what they love.
@sg_powerlifting Replying to @ashleybogle061 ♬ original sound – Sethy Gabriel
But some were skeptical about how hard teaching could be.
Seth had a lot to say about the realities of being a teacher.
@sg_powerlifting Replying to @thethomasarias ♬ original sound – Sethy Gabriel
Namely, teacher hours are much longer than the time students spend in the classroom.
@sg_powerlifting Replying to @ed.ibl.e ♬ original sound – Sethy Gabriel
Not to mention, most teachers experience a terrible work-life balance and burnout.
@sg_powerlifting Replying to @y32413 ♬ original sound – Sethy Gabriel
Anyone who has taught and left the classroom in the past can understand the pull of missing the classroom and students, while no longer wanting the stress that came from the harder realities of teaching.
While retail is not an easy occupation either, there arguably must be more separation between home life and work life than teaching offers.
That alone could be reason enough to consider walking out of the classroom for the final time, without ever even getting to the discussion of the pay.