The wild story, which has drawn more than 9 million views on TikTok, comes from a user named Heather Harp (@officialheatherharp). In her clip, she asks her boyfriend to explain how he ended up working at NASA without even knowing it.
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It’s just the latest viral TikTok to give viewers an insight into unusual or uncommon job situations. In the past, users have shared what it’s like to work as a tollbooth operator, how airport workers load luggage onto a plane and why Google employees have the “best” office perks.
In Harp’s video, her boyfriend begins by explaining that he got a call about a job “working on airplanes.” Then, his recruiter called back about another job — with the Manipulator Analysis Graphics and Interactive Kinematics team.
As it turns out, that team, commonly referred to as MAGIK, is actually a part of NASA. However, Harp’s boyfriend didn’t know that.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know what that is, but it sounds interesting,'” he said of the phone call. "I never even interviewed for [it]."
Ultimately, Harp’s boyfriend told the recruiter he was interested in both jobs. Then, he went in to interview for the first job — the one he actually applied for.
A few weeks later, he got a call saying he was being offered a job. He accepted and immediately moved several states away to Texas, where the job was based.
Assuming he’d accepted the job he interviewed for, Harp’s boyfriend showed up for his first day of work and got a major surprise when he checked his new employee paperwork.
“And what day did you find out that you were doing a different job than you thought you moved for?” Harp asks in the clip.
“Oh, the day I started the job and was doing the orientation paperwork,” her boyfriend answers.
The video blew TikTokers away. And many commented asking for more details.
In a follow-up video, Harp interrogated her boyfriend more about the situation. There, Harp’s boyfriend explains that his job offer simply listed his title “Mechanical Engineer I,” which he assumed meant he’d be working on airplanes.
Also, he clarified that this situation happened a while ago, as he no longer works for NASA. Still, despite the original confusion, he must’ve liked the job a good bit — considering he stayed there for eight years.
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