She dismisses the common societal belief that obtaining a college degree guarantees a good job and life.
Most youngsters are convinced by society that all they need to do to get a decent job is get a college degree. However, that is far from the truth, as most individuals in the job market continue to struggle despite having one or even two college degrees. While a degree may open up opportunities for most people, companies now want candidates to have some experience in their respective fields. Sadly, many people end up getting a college degree they can't afford and fall into student debt while failing to land a well-paying job.
Alison Johnson—who goes on TikTok by @fitnesswithalison—recently shared a video where she laments about her career. The video has gained over 217.7K views on the platform. Johnson is seen sitting in her car enjoying a drink as she shares her concerns. She begins, "I have a bone to pick with America!" She then mentions how she was on her way to her job as a server in a sushi restaurant.
Johnson does not like her job and does it out of necessity. What made the situation even more annoying was that she had obtained a business marketing degree, which put her in a debt of approximately $80,000. Ironically, the serving job she does not like pays her reasonably well compared to the marketing jobs she has been applying for many weeks. She says, "The pay cut is insane!" She talks about how the jobs that pay $150,000 to $200,000 a year were simply not hiring her.
She lightheartedly shared how she was going to be 25 years old soon and competing with others in the job market who had more experience than her. Johnson says all she has is her degree. She shares, "You know, people say get your degree, but then they don't talk about how you need experience." According to her, getting a degree itself should have been considered experience. She ends the video by telling herself to relax.
Netizens could relate to what she was going through and shared their thoughts in the comment section. @kaylarandel said, "Me as a new grad nurse and I just got my first paycheck and wanted to cry because I make more at the bar." @ktdepriestt commented, "Hey, I'm sorry you're in a tough spot right now, but thank you for sharing this."
@itsyagirlnaomi provided some hope, saying, "Internships!! You will have to push through low pay for only a little until you have enough on your resume to apply to associate-level jobs." @taygoldrick said, "I was in this position for so long. At some point, you just have to take the pay cut and it will eventually pay off! It sucks at first but so necessary."
The video serves as an important reminder for individuals who are just out of college and looking for a job to try and gain some experience before applying for jobs in their industry. With most domains having high levels of competition, companies will always look to hire people who have some experience so they can quickly employ them.