How to Quit Your Job via YouTube

So, I realize it’s been a while. I’ve had some ideas here and there on posts to publish but honestly none of them ever came about because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to say. I think what’s easiest for me is seeing something in the news, and by “in the news” I mean on Twitter or Facebook, and writing a little something about what I think of it. Although that right there gave me an idea for what might be my next post: how people my age consume news and what “news” is these days. We’ll save that for another day.

Today, I wanted to write about this young woman who has been in the news lately for quitting her job in a YouTube video. Marina Shifrin went to my school, studied my major and here she is a few years out, quitting her job in a video she made late at night. She seems pretty similar to me on paper, so I went ahead and put myself in her shoes.

I’ve read all sorts of commentary on this from friends on Facebook, commenters on the news articles, etc. Some people think what Marina did was irresponsible, unprofessional and might prevent her from ever getting hired again. Some people think what she did was creative, courageous and might result in a much better job/career than the one she quit. Two very different sides. Which one do I agree with? Neither.

To get her side of the story I read her blog post. It’s definitely necessary to fully understand what she did and why: Journalism is Dead (To Me) | MARINAvsWriting.

I understand being unhappy with the job/career path you’ve chosen. I haven’t been there, but it is one of my worst fears. We’re still young and we don’t know what we want to do for the rest of our lives yet. I can’t decide what I want to eat for breakfast, let alone what I want to do every day after I graduate. So sometimes I think we accept job offers that we think we might like, but we don’t know until we’ve been there a while. Sometimes you even think you’re happy until one day you take a step back and you realize you aren’t. It’s all very hard. Very grey. Life is very hard. And very grey.

On the other hand, I understand that in the professional world you have to be conscious of every move you make and how it might affect you in the future. This industry is a lot about who you know, and if the people you know are the ones that saw you quit your job in a spontaneous music video, that might not necessarily be in your favor. Additionally, her alma mater is Mizzou and I don’t think her stunt was good press for the school. I’m sure Mizzou wants to be seen as an institution that fully prepares its students for careers after graduation, and having one of your own make the news because she wasn’t stable in her career choice does not convey this.

I don’t know what I would have done if I were in Marina’s shoes. But I guess it doesn’t matter now because what’s done is done. Marina quit her job via YouTube video. And while I might have done it in a more eloquent way, it’s clear that it’s what she needed to do. A lot of people probably needed her to do that, too. I’m sure she gave people around the world the courage they needed to quit the jobs they hated. Even if it does hinder her in her job search, she has inspired people to make the changes they needed to make to live happier lives.

Marina is happy now and many others are, too. And nobody can argue the value of happiness.

So stay happy, y’all!

Marina’s video:

Her company’s response:

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