Entitled or empowered?: Netizens weigh in on P37k starting salary declined by Ateneo graduate

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens are left divided over a Twitter post about an Ateneo de Manila University graduate who declined a starting salary of P37,000. The controversial topic quickly became viral and even became a subject of debate among netizens on various social media platforms.

Netizens weigh in on P37k starting salary declined by Ateneo graduate

While many netizens claim that the fresh graduate was too entitled to reject a salary that many employees could only dream of, several others defended the job applicant saying that she only made an empowered decision.

In his viral tweet, Twitter user @DearKume narrated how a mint graduate of the prestigious university refused a job offer for entry level Marketing Associate with P37,000 starting salary. The Twitter user was shocked to know that the job applicant was expecting P60,000 starting salary because of her educational background.

“I just made a job offer to an Ateneo fresh grad, and I was shocked that she declined a 37k starting salary. The role is for an entry level Marketing Associate. I asked for her reason and she said that she expects at least 60k because of her educational background. I’M SPEECHLESS,” he wrote.

Many netizens who slammed the job applicant’s decision claimed that they started out with a much lower salary even with a PRC license. An Ateneo alumnus even pointed out that the job applicant’s education in Ateneo de Manila University, which is known to have one of the highest tuition fees in the country, is not enough reason for her salary demand. Most of them believe that the job applicant needs to prove herself first before demanding a higher salary.

Meanwhile, many netizens believe that the job applicant simply made an empowered decision when she turned down the job offer. For them, the debate only revealed that there are many underpaid professionals in the country and accepting a low salary despite educational background and credentials actually hinder Filipino employees from getting better pay.

In his series of tweets, Twitter user @DearKume eventually revealed that a Marketing Management graduate of the University of Santo Tomas happily accepted the position. This time, the salary budget for the position is P484,000 per year.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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