Woman Who Went Viral for Crying Over First 9 to 5 Job Says She's Been Laid Off

Kelly Corbett - Author

Dec. 27 2023, Published 12:16 p.m. ET

What are two of the hardest things in life? Having a job and not having a job. Just ask TikTok creator Brielle (@brielleybelly123) who went viral on TikTok in October 2023 after crying about how she was working her first 9 to 5 job and had no time for her life.

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However, in December, Brielle updated fans on her job situation, and unfortunately, the update is that she doesn't have a job now.

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Woman loses her first post-grad job and is now struggling to meet ends meet.

On Oct. 19, 2023, Brielle shared a video on TikTok, crying over her first 9 to 5 job and ranting about her lack of work-life balance. Less than two months later, she returned to the platform to share the news that she had been let go from her job.

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“I’m not going to sit here and cry, but I got laid off from my first post-grad job and the one that took me five months to find that I moved to New York City for," Brielle said in a TikTok posted on Dec. 14, 2023.

She explained that she was working at a startup, and they just didn’t seem to have the bandwidth to train her and provide actual work for her to do.

“I was really wanting to learn, so I was really thinking in my head that I wanted a job with more responsibilities anyway," she admits, but getting laid off still came as a complete shock.

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Brielle explained how tragic it felt to get laid off right before the holidays, as hiring processes typically take a pause until January 2. She explains that once they start back up again, it’s still going to take a few weeks to get back to work, and that's if she lands a job right away.

“That’s the time frame I’m looking at, and I can’t wait that long. I need a job immediately," Brielle reveals. “The job that I was working 9 to 5, I wasn’t making enough to live," she adds.

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Brielle continues: "The salaries that people are making with a degree right now after college is just not OK. We’re working so much and I still don’t have an emergency fund. I don’t. Because I wasn’t making enough to save any of it. Everything was going towards living, and expenses, and commuting, and everything else."

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“It’s so defeating, it’s so disappointing, and it makes me feel like I’m not good enough” she says of the hiring process. Users could definitely relate to her video.

"At this point, college doesn’t guarantee a job like it used to," wrote one user in the comment section of her video.

Others reflected on their similar employment situations. "[I] got laid off twice this year, it’s horrible! I feel you. I’ve been doing side hustles/unemployment right now. Get on unemployment ASAP."

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And another user, who claimed to have a Masters degree, seconded Brielle's point about only making enough to get by.

Brielle's story is a reminder that the job game is tricky, and lots of people are feeling the same struggles. Moreover, many jobs that require a college degree don't always come with a sufficient salary.

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