A Nasa engineer has claimed she has applied for part-time jobs at Tiffany & Co and Apple due to the rising cost of living in the US.
The engineer, a TikTok user called Kelly, from Houston, Texas, whose username is @sexybabypartygirl, has videoed her interview experience with Tiffany & Co on the app.
Her video began: ‘I am a Nasa engineer and I’m applying for a job at Tiffany, part-time. And I have my interview in 40 minutes.’
Preparing for her interview, she showed the outfit she had picked for the interview.
She chose a black dress and heels which she hoped was ‘on-brand’ for the interview and then said the location of the jewellery store was in the Galleria mall in Houston.
The Nasa engineer showed some footage from inside Tiffany and said she got the job at the store, revealing she would be working in operations for $20 an hour.
A TikTok user called Kelly, from Houston, Texas, a Nasa engineer, whose username is @sexybabypartygirl, has videoed her interview experiences getting a second job on the app
She then wrote that she has another interview to follow with the Apple store.
Millions of people have viewed the video, more than 3.1m times and there has been a number of confused people who do not understand why she needs other jobs when she works for Nasa.
One person wrote: ‘Soo even Nasa doesn’t pay that well?’ and another wrote: ‘If someone who works at Nasa needs a second job I have no hope for my future.’
Another commenter wrote: ‘A Nasa engineer needs a part-time job yet people are still not taking the wage crisis seriously.’
There were others shocked at the wages Tiffany pay staff, surprised that they were only $20 an hour.
Kelly revealed that she was taking on more jobs to make more money so that she could go back to see her family in Wisconsin more often.
Another video then addressed some of the comments that the Nasa engineer had from viewers.
Many people were confused by the Nasa engineer’s video, shocked she needed to get a second job because she works for a government agency
The engineer also revealed she has student loans to pay and high rent so is taking on another job
She said she enjoys her job at Nasa and she is paid well but she just wanted to make a little bit more money.
Her video went on to say: ‘I’m not looking for a new full-time job, but my rent is high, I have student loans, I have car loans, and I like to thrift a lot.’
She said the salary for Tiffany & Co is ‘really good for a part-time job in Texas’ and then asked her followers what part-time jobs would pay better.
The Nasa engineer sparked a debate about pay and the cost of living in America with her videos but she assured people she was taking a second job for a bit of extra money
The video concluded with an answer to a question about the education path she had taken to become a Nasa engineer.
She revealed she had a degree in chemical engineering from Wisconsin but would not recommend it.
Viewers were again concerned by her follow-up video, one said that capitalism had failed when a person who helps with space missions had to get a second job.
Others were genuinely shocked by the pay of Nasa engineers, which according to ZipRecruiter on average is $87,880 for an employee in Houston, Texas but nationally it is $95,114 per year.
There were people who appreciated the Nasa engineers ‘normalisation’ of working second jobs to afford the lifestyle she has.
The TikTok user decided to decline the job offer from Tiffany and then explained she had started to work for Nasa when she was 20 after she had applied via a company intern program.
She decided to decline the job at Tiffany and is instead working for Apple part-time as a technical specialist
Another person asked what Nasa is looking for from employees and she said people who are smart, well-rounded and decent with good social skills are a nice fit for the company.
She said she had been offered the Apple job after having three interviews with them and would work as a technical specialist for them.
Her video expressed her excitement and she said she was looking forward to using her Apple employee discount.
She ended by saying she will not be leaving her job at Nasa and has taken on the part-time job for the money so she can ‘do more fun things.’
A technical specialist for Apple in Texas makes $16-19 an hour, according to Glassdoor.
Kelly was contacted for comment.