6 Career Lessons we can learn from The Devil Wears Prada
6 Career Lessons we can learn from The Devil Wears Prada.
It’s been 12 years since the release of The Devil Wears Prada, an iconic film that gave us all a look into the cut-throat world of fashion. Meryl Streep’s brilliant performance as Miranda Priestly gave us memes and sayings that are still used today - “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking”, but the film is more than just a chick flick, in fact Anne Hathaway’s character, Andy Sachs, can teach us some valuable career lessons about the highs and lows of pursuing your career.
It's okay to change for your job, if you want to.
Surround yourself with loved ones who support you.
In the film we see Andy’s boyfriend and close friends regularly dismiss her new job, they don’t seem to appreciate that her career has become a priority at this point in her life, and they treat her badly for it. Surround yourself with loved ones who understand how important your career is to you, and don’t feel guilty for putting it first. However, you don’t want to lose people who mean a lot to you, so do your best to explain your situation and try to make time for them as well. Aim for a work-life balance, and decide what your priorities are.
You don't always have to be a nice boss, but don't be a bitch.
Say yes to new opportunities.
Ok so Andy’s trip to Paris with Miranda came at the expense of colleague Emily’s career, but where possible we should make the most out of opportunities that come our way, so long as we’re not stabbing anyone in the back to get them! Whether it’s a work-trip, more responsibility, networking opportunities, or the chance to learn a new skill, the more opportunities we say yes to the more we benefit our future career.
Find yourself an ally.
When your boss is a nightmare, your workload is increasing and your finishing work later and later each night having an ally at work can be the savior you need to keep you from handing in your resignation. Art Director Nigel becomes a sounding-board for Andy, while also telling her to suck it up and get on with it if she wants to keep her job. Having someone who just gets it is so valuable. They understand how terrible your boss is, they know the workplace culture and they can keep you sane in your moments of stress.