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7 First Job Lessons We Learned From The Movies

In case you needed more reason to watch "The Devil Wears Prada" again.

Are you a fresh grad who’s still waiting for that first job offer to—*fingers crossed*—land on your lap? Here, we list a few films you can watch to pass the time, which will also teach you valuable lessons you’ll find useful once you finally get hired. In the name of research, get on that movie binge, CGs!

It’s okay if your first job isn’t your dream job.
Learn from: The Pursuit of Happyness

In this biopic, Chris Gardner goes from homeless salesman to hotshot stockbroker—a career move that wasn’t met with support even by his wife. You, too, are going to change companies and maybe even career paths many times in your life. Once you’ve got more years of work experience under your belt, you can better figure out what kind of job you really want in life.

Do your research.
Learn from: Legally Blonde; Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

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Many times in both Legally Blonde movies, our girl Elle Woods was excruciatingly out of her depth—flailing in her first days in law school, and later, in Congress—but she learned from her missteps and did her homework. Lesson learned: Find out about the industry you’re about to enter, and more specifically, your company, so you don’t end up using a heart-shaped notebook and a fur pen in a room full of laptops.

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Find out if the office culture is a good fit for you.
Learn from: Horrible Bosses

You’ll be spending at least eight hours each day at the office, so be sure that this is an environment you can actually stand. Even before you get hired, observe the culture at the company you’re applying for—Are there a lot of people your age? Will you be working in a cube, or is it an open plan office? Is your boss, like Nick’s in Horrible Bosses, a TOTAL FUCKING ASSHOLE?—so you don’t waste time at a job you’ll only end up quitting a few weeks later. 

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Dress to impress (or at least, to fit in).
Learn from: The Devil Wears Prada 

Dress appropriately for the industry you’re now part of by studying what everyone else in the office is wearing. Sure, you want to retain your individuality, but there are ways to do that without earning condescending once-overs from your boss or having your coworkers snigger behind your back.

Be someone other people would want to work with.
Learn from: The Social Network 

Although Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is absolutely brill and is one of the wealthiest people on the planet right now, he lost friends on his way to the top, as this film about the founding of Facebook shows us. It’s perfectly fine to show ‘em what you’re made of in your first job, but temper your ambition with a good attitude that will make your peers actually root for you, not hate your guts.

Learn from your seniors.
Learn from: Up in the Air

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You may think you’re god’s gift to Company X, with your shiny new heels and fancy degree, but you’ll soon find out that you have A HELL OF A LOT TO LEARN from your superiors. So don’t make like overconfident Natalie in Up in the Air, listen more than you talk, and understand the views of the people who have been in this biz far longer than your two weeks. 

Don’t shit where you eat (a.k.a. don’t sleep with your boss).
Learn from: Bridget Jones’s Diary


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