Who is Seth Goshorn? Ex-Ohio teacher, 28, REVEALS why he quit teaching for well-paid Walmart job
A former teacher from northeast Ohio is speaking out about why he left the classroom after many years to work at Walmart. Seth Goshorn, 28, worked as a teacher for almost six years in northeast Ohio, spending four of those years at Warstler Elementary School. According to his LinkedIn bio, he had recently switched his job as an educator to work at Walmart in Massillon, Ohio. He posted a brief video on TikTok of himself holding up and showcasing Walmart's distinctive blue uniform with the caption, "Leaving teaching after 6 years to go be a manager at Walmart and make more not using my degree." More than 810K people have already watched the video.
Goshorn claimed that his salary as a teacher in 2017 was just over $43,000. The former teacher claimed that Walmart provided him with better pay and career advancement chances without having to incur further student loan debt to obtain an advanced degree. He said that one of his duties as a stocking coach at Walmart is to make sure delivery vehicles are unloaded. He also helps coworkers load merchandise into the stores. According to Walmart’s career page, the salary range for coaching roles is $55,000-$80,000 per year.
He told Good Morning America what motivated him to create the trending post, "I’m a big social media person. I had my Walmart polo on and I was trying to think of something to capture people’s attention – it was more successful than I thought it would be. Media people, other teachers, and friends were commenting and asking questions. What started as a fun video ended with me bringing light to teachers being underpaid and the opportunities at Walmart.”
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Goshorn offered advice for anyone considering a career change, emphasizing that it’s never too late to find the right fit. "Explore your options to see what’s out there and try Linkedin. I broke my foot, and I had more time on my hands to search for jobs. I’m a big pros and cons person, so I looked at the benefits of teaching and working at Walmart," he explained.
"You could see the pay scale in teaching, and I did the math and felt the opportunities were there for me at Walmart. I worked retail in high school and college, so transitioning to Walmart wasn’t a big adjustment. It’s never too late to see what’s out there. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there to find the right career,” he further added.