A glamorous young traffic warden has sent a blunt message to her high school teachers warning her she would be “poor” if she didn’t go to college.
Alexandra Carnovalee, 18, uploaded a video to TikTok claiming she earns double the money her teachers currently earn.
The Sydney woman poses with a colleague in her high-visibility uniform, while the text reads ‘Teachers: ‘Go to university or else you’ll be poor’.
A young air traffic controller has sent a cheeky message to high school teachers who forced her to go to university, claiming she now earns double what they earn
The lollipop ladies begin to dance in a circle as another caption reads ‘we just doubled your pay by standing outside your house’.
The TikTok video has since been viewed more than a million times, with dozens of young girls asking the glamorous graduate how she got the job.
However, some viewers took offense at the young air traffic controller who claimed that all teachers encourage their students to go to university.
“I really don’t encourage my students to go to college unless they want to pursue a career that requires further education or experience,” noted one teacher.
“Not many teachers are like that, but there are a few who push the uni a lot,” she replied.
Alexandra Carnovalee, 18, (pictured) works as a traffic controller in Sydney and regularly posts Tik Tok videos of her experiences on the ground
Ms. Carnovalee was forced to defend her message in the comments to the video.
“To be clear, this video is just a trend. I’m not judging anyone for going to college!” she explained.
The 18-year-old said working as a traffic controller was not her lifelong career, but was “good money” for someone who had just graduated from high school.
‘Please don’t quit school to do this! Do what makes you happy!’ she said.
Other commenters asked Ms. Carnovalee how she got the lollipop lady’s appearance.
Ms. Carnovalee (pictured) said working as a lollipop lady wasn’t her lifelong career, but was still “good money” for those just graduating from high school
She told viewers that she had completed a three-day course and then a practical exam.
‘After you have completed your TC courses, you just email a lot of different companies, they are always looking for people,’ the air traffic controller encouraged.
It comes after a high school dropout revealed she earns more than $1770 a week as a lollipop woman — a job that can pay up to $130,000 a year.
Belinha Ferreira has uploaded a video to TikTok explaining how much she earns every day directing traffic on construction sites in Melbourne.
In a series of text captions placed over clips of the 21-year-old dance, she outlined the number of hours she worked versus how much she was paid.
Pictured: Belinha Ferreira, 21, works on a construction site where she is paid well above minimum wage
Her largest pay package of the week was $544 for 13 hours of work, while her smallest was for eight hours of work at $255 — which is about $12 higher than the $32 per hour minimum wage.
She worked about 46 hours that week, which is eight hours longer than a regular desk job, but Ms Ferreira explained in the comments that she often gets paid overtime.
“I earn how much I can earn if I can make the hours,” she wrote.
‘I do work a lot of overtime and that makes more money.’
Ms Ferreira (pictured) said she dropped out of school in year 10, but she now earns more than teachers
Belinha Ferreira (pictured) said getting up for an hour is hard, but she perseveres with painkillers
The young woman also revealed that she will receive travel and meal allowances on top of her salary package.
HOW MUCH DOES A LOLLIPOP LADY MAKE?
Traffic controller Belinha Ferreira outlined how many hours she worked versus how much she was paid:
Monday: 10.5 hours, $407
Tuesday: 4 hours, $136
Wednesday: 1 p.m., $544
Thursday: 10.7 hours, $432
Friday: 8 a.m., $255
A social media user was baffled by the way Ms Ferreira was directing traffic.
“Tell me you didn’t try it in school,” they wrote.
The young woman replied, “That’s right, because I stopped in Year 10.”
The user whispered again and asked if she was sorry.
‘Do you regret it? I don’t know what I would do with my life if I did,” they said.
Again the construction worker replied, “Not at all, to be honest.”
An ex-traffic controller asked how she copes with the long hours.
‘How do you deal with all those hours standing? I had to stop because it was so painful,” she asked.
Ms Ferreira wrote: ‘I honestly push it past the eighth hour and if it’s really bad I take Nurofen and I’m fine.’
Last year it was revealed that traffic wardens in Melbourne earn at least $105,000, depending on project costs.
Unions say wages are only a fraction of that cost and are earned because workers work long hours in dangerous conditions.
Belinha Ferreira (pictured) said she doesn’t regret leaving school
Others in Sydney said they made $130,000 a year and some patrolled the lonely outback highways of the Northern Territory almost as much.
A Sydney woman previously told the Daily Mail Australia that she had given up her job as a teacher to become a traffic controller.
‘I was looking for a lifestyle change. I worked as a teacher, but this pays a lot more.’
A “lollipop lady,” Amy Dowsett, has brought in $130,000 a year since joining the trade.
Unions say wages are a fraction of the cost and earned because workers work long hours in dangerous conditions
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union member earns more than $40 per hour and also receives a $45 per day travel allowance and a $22 meal allowance.
Depending on the size of the project, she also gets a location fee of $2.10 to $3.95 per hour.
Pay varies from state to state, but employees can earn about $26 an hour to $55 an hour, depending on the job, according to the online job site Indeed. The jobs usually include penalty fees, allowances, and retirement.
However, the salary is justified, industry insiders say, as air traffic controllers must be outside in all weathers and generally take abuse from the public.