5 Movies to Motivate Your Career

5 Movies to Motivate Your Career

General Job Search Advice, Pop Culture Perspective
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…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: Office Space

Pop Culture Perspective
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…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: The Wolf of Wall Street

Pop Culture Perspective
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…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: The Pursuit of Happyness

Pop Culture Perspective
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…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: Jerry Maguire

Pop Culture Perspective
1996's Jerry Maguire starring Tom Cruise is a film that will forever be known for one line. When Cruise emotionally professes to Renee Zellweger's character, "You complete me" as Secret Garden plays in the background it's not easily forgotten. The film is full of great quotable lines, whether it's "Show me the money" or "Help me, help you!  However, once you're able to get past the films quotable lines, it does offer some extremely insightful career advice. Read on for the full breakdown. (more…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Pop Culture Perspective
Another film that holds fantastic real life lessons is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller directs the film and also stars in the main role. Mitty (Stiller) is a man who realizes he is just wandering through life without any real drive or inspiration. However, over the course of the movie he sets out on a journey to find purpose and explore the unknown. (more…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: Moneyball

Pop Culture Perspective
2011's Moneyball was a film that follows Oakland Athletic's General Manager Billy Beane. Beane had an uncanny ability to build a team that could compete with a unique approach. His new way of thinking changed baseball forever. The film was most popular with a sports audience, but the film holds many important business lessons applicable to almost any industry. Read on to find out what can be learned from a viewing! (more…)
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