Marina Shifrin’s viral “I quit!” YouTube video has won her tons of online fans — but is it necessarily the best career move for her in the long run?
Last week, 25-year-old Marina Shifrin famously quit her job via YouTube video.
As she danced to Kanye West’s Gone, Shifrin made it clear to her boss that she was done sacrificing her “relationships, time and energy for this job.”
The video went viral and now has 15 million views and counting. But it didn’t stop there.
Her former employer, Taiwanese animation company Next Media Animation, posted a spin-off video to announce they were hiring. A few days after she posted her original video, Shifrin made a guest appearance on The Queen Latifah Show — and received an on-air job offer.
In general, we recommend quitting your job gracefully without burning bridges. After all, you never know when you and your employee might cross paths in the future. But Shifrin received an overwhelming response for her video, and now that she’s in the job market, her resume will definitely stand out.
Her “take that!” message to her former boss may have been a good move for her. But does that mean we should follow her lead?
Have you dreamed about a dramatic resignation from your job? Do you think Shifrin’s move was a wise one, or will it come back to bite her later in her career? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Betsy Mikel has been reading and writing since she was a TV-deprived bookwormy kid. Visit her website and connect with her on Twitter.