Art imitates life. Thus it would stand to reason that we can learn something from pop culture, whether it is books, moves, or television. The media discussed in this category are examined through the lends of careers in order to impart advice or perspective.
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Going to the movies is fantastic because they provide a very strong sense of escapism. It can be great sit down and exist outside of the real world for an hour or two. However, if you're looking for a movie that can do that and also motivate you in your career, we've got a list for you! These movies all center around the protagonists career, and how they deal with various trials and tribulations throughout. Many of them teach great career and job search lessons, so check out the full list below! (more…)
This week we will be reviewing the performance of Ben Affleck's Christian Wolff, in the new movie The Accountant. In this film, Wolff is a non-traditional accountant. He does work for some of the worst criminal organizations in the world. However, he also finds time to help local families with filing their taxes. So how does Mr. Wolff do in his review? Read on to find out if he is eligible for a promotion. Also, beware, there are minor spoilers in the review, so read at your own risk! (more…)
In a new blog series we will be examining various characters throughout pop culture. They will be assessed in a performance review that analyzes multiple factors relating to the fulfillment of their job duties. Ratings will be on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best) in each category, with a final average score at the end. To begin, our first character will be Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. (more…)
2014's Chef is Jon Favreau's passion project. He wrote, produced, and directed the film in addition to starring in the lead role. It's a movie about (as you can guess) the career of a chef that takes a drastic turn. The film has some absolutely delicious food visuals (so I recommend eating before watching) but it also holds some great lessons applicable to any career path. (more…)
This week, for our Monday post, we'll be doing something a little different. Many job advice blogs have lists of 'dream jobs' and amazing companies to work for. However, there are also some terrible jobs out there, specifically in the realm of board games. We hope a brief look into the lives of these fictional occupations gives you hope about your real life position. Without further adieu, the 5 Worst Jobs in Board Games. (more…)
When it debuted in theaters, Office Space was widely received as a great comedy. Not only was it funny in a smart way. The movie also picked apart the nuances of working in an office environment. This wasn't just your average office. Think of all the office problems you can, and now imagine they all live under one roof. This is the fictional cube farm at Initech. The film follows Peter, a corporate drone working for the aforementioned software company. His work and personal lives both take a turn when he is hypnotized to be relaxed without worries or concern. However, his therapist has a heart attack before he can bring him out of the trance (more…)
2013's The Wolf of Wall Street chronicles the rise and fall of stock tycoon Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort is able to start from humble beginnings and eventually lead a large stock trading firm on Wall Street. The story of his company provides some career advice, if you're able to ignore the disgusting and hedonistic practices. Belfort certainly doesn't deserve to be glamorized, but he was a charismatic leader if not a despicable human being. While there is likely an even distribution of 'what to do' and 'what not to do' with Belfort's company Stratton Oakmont, we'll break down the lessons learned below. (more…)
When David Fincher's 'The Social Network' hit screens in October 2010, it was strongly praised by critics. However, some believed it was a greatly dramatized version of what truly transpired. 'The Social Network' is based on the creation and founding of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Say what you will about the films accuracy, it does make for an interesting story. Also, the titular 'social network' is currently the powerhouse of all social media with 1.59 billion users. It offers some interesting career advice, which we will outline below. (more…)
After the wild success of the book version of The Devil Wears Prada, it was only a matter of time before it hit the big screen. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs, a young upstart journalist who winds up getting a job at the extremely popular fashion magazine Runway. She works for Miranda, the so called 'ice-queen' who is editor in chief at the company. The two clash, and Andy learns a lot about herself as she struggles through the new position. It's a great career start movie, and offers some great advice for working in a hostile environment. (more…)
For 2 extremely successful films Will Smith wore only a black suit. Later in his career, he took on a role in which he wore a suit for a very different reason. The Pursuit of Happyness is the true story of a homeless single father, Chris Gardner (Will Smith). In this film, Smith's character wore the suit so none of his coworkers would suspect he was homeless. Gardner's success story offers some great lessons, and Smith's portrayal in the film is extremely moving. (more…)