9 Career Lessons Learned from TV

You may feel guilty after a 4-hour marathon on Netflix, and your parents probably told you the age-old square eyes tale to stop you from sitting in front of the box for too long, but TV teaches us more than some would like to admit.

Entertaining and educational - why would you ever stop?

1. Breaking Bad 

Find the right work-life balance

Do all you must to get where you want to be, but be cautious of focusing too much on work and not enough on your relationships. Even if you work long hours, try to keep in touch with your friends and family - and don't be that guy who always talks about the office.

P.S. It probably goes without saying that another sturdy piece of careers advice would be to avoid the distribution of illegal drugs as a profession...

2. BBC News

Always be professional

Don't loosen that tie until you are well and truly off the premises. You never know who's keeping an eye on you, and to what extent they can pry. Spending 15 minutes a day on Facebook during work hours may help you get through your shift, but it probably won't go unnoticed.

3. Doctor Who

Think of yourself as a Tardis

Whether you know it or not, there's more to you than meets the eye. Sure, you look sharp - but your skills and talents go even further. That frame of yours holds huge potential to take you to far away and successful places.

4. Game of Thrones

Don't be afraid of the North

It's true there are more opportunities for graduates in London than anywhere else - but there's also more competition. Don't be so hasty to overlook Manchester, Leeds and other northern cities. Rental prices are so much lower, and there are plenty of cool new start-ups happening beyond the wall. Just look at GradTouch!

5. Downton Abbey

Respect works both ways

Whether you're in charge or a brand new intern, you're all in it together and should respect each other equally. Trying to undermine others and going behind their back will get you nowhere, but will certainly isolate you from the rest of the team.

6. Fresh Meat

University isn't all it's cracked up to be

Okay, so it was great, but you should be glad you're no longer living off 11p noodles in a house unfit for vermin. Longing to be a student again will get you nowhere on the career ladder; accept the inevitability of graduate life and knuckle down with your job search.

7. Don't Tell The Bride

If you want something done properly, do it yourself

You will have to trust your colleagues but it's important for you to do things yourself or at least oversee the tasks if it's your neck on the line. Other people also have their own way of doing things, so what they produce might not be what you had in mind.

8. Friends

Don't lose sight of your dream job

Rachel may have hated her job at the coffee shop, and at times you probably hate your stopgap job, too - but don't give up! No matter how down you get about the hunt for success, know that your ideal job is just around the corner. Rachel made it as an Assistant Buyer - and so can you!

P.S. We mean that literally. If you want to follow in Rachel's footsteps, check out our Retail hub here!

9. Lost

Don't lose track of reality

Working 9-5, 7 days a week can take its toll on you. You may feel like you're stuck in a rut and that you've settled down far too young - don't worry, it happens to us all every now and then. Avoid hosting the quarter-life crisis of the century and handing in your resignation with a one-way ticket to Vietnam by enjoying the little things. Make the most of your weekends and don't be afraid to book some time off - after all, you probably deserve it!


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