A woman was left in tears after finishing her first work shift at a 9-5 job.
Working your first job out of college will undoubtedly bring a mixed bag of emotions, regardless of what it is.
You might be really excited to take the next step in your life and finally earn some money, or you might be really anxious as you have no idea what to expect.
But for one former student, it was undoubtedly an overwhelming experience.
Brielle, who goes by the username @brielleybelly123 on TikTok, uploaded a video shortly after her first day of her new job.
The clip, which has been viewed 1.6 million times, has text written across the screen that reads: “QOTD (question of the day) in a 9-5 how do you have time for your life.”
She is visibly upset and explains that her job is ‘in person’ which means she has to commute to the city which takes her ‘f***ing forever to get there’.
Brielle immediately shuts down any possibility of moving to the city as it is unaffordable at the moment.
“If I was able to walk to work it wouldn’t be an issue,” she adds. “I get on the train at 7:30 and don’t get home until 6:15 [at the] earliest.”
The TikToker then explains that she does not have the ‘time to do anything’ as all she does is shower, eat her dinner and then go to sleep.
As she continues to hold back the tears, the TikToker tells her viewers that she is so upset – not at the job itself but the 9-5 working lifestyle.
Brielle says: “Like if it was remote, you get off at five and you’re home and everything is fine. But I’m not home, like it takes me long to get home.”
She then questions where can she find the time to have friends and go on dates.
@brielleybelly123im also getting sick leave me alone im emotional ok i feel 12 and im scared of not having time to live♬ original sound – BRIELLE
Viewers in the comments are discussing her troubles, with some offering support.
“The 40-hour work week is beyond outdated and your feelings are totally valid,” writes one person.
Someone else sympathises with Brielle and comments: “I had a crisis when I got my first 9-5 job. Literally, I couldn’t believe this was life.”
A third adds: “You’re not alone. It’s insane how legit your entire day is gone. This is why we need 4-day work weeks.”
“It’s so repetitive and depressing I feel you girl,” agrees another.
A fifth viewer offered advice by saying: “This is exactly how I felt when I was 22 after I graduated college. I’m 28 now. You will adjust. Also, having a job you are passionate about helps.”
However, others aren’t as sympathetic and are telling her to get used to it.
“Aww welcome to adulthood,” comments one user.
A second person pens: “I guess I was brought up in a different generation. That is life.”
Someone else shares: “I work 4am to 7pm or longer. Still make dinner, run and gym.”
In a statement to The Independent, Brielle says that her video highlights the need for change in society.
“I want to be able to talk for this next generation and explain that a 40-hour work week plus commute is not necessary for productivity,” she tells the publication.
Brielle adds that she hopes ‘more companies consider following in other countries’ footsteps in regards to the work week’.