What's your favorite career flick?
I enjoy watching movies when I have some downtime. Especially movies that make me laugh. I’m not really into horror. However, my movie tastes aren’t biased. Point is, I love a great movie and I enjoy a story that is motivational, inspiring and intellectually moving.
A few weeks ago I watched the 1988 film “Working Girl” with Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffin. Yes, I know. It’s not intellectually challenging. In fact, it’s a bit tacky with a lot of big hair and substandard acting. It’s sort of a modern-day corporate Cinderella story. However, I couldn’t help but feel motivated to keep fighting for my creative ideas and goals as a professional. It’s a movie set in the 80s when not too many women where in leadership positions. It’s about personal perseverance, believing in yourself and finding your own way to climb the corporate ladder or get ahead.
I got to thinking about other Blockbuster films about careers and work-life balance. Especially films that motivate and boost career advancement.
My favorites are movies that teach valuable career lessons.
My top three:
Pursuit of Happiness
I enjoyed this flick because it made me feel a strong connection to having the drive to believe hard work really does pay off. I love the line Chris (Will smith) says to his son during a pivotal moment in the film, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.” To me that says there is always a way if there is a will. Find it and own it. If you don’t like your current career, change it. It’s never too late to make something of yourself.
The best part is it’s based on a true story and the real-life experiences of Christopher Gardner. His will to succeed is inspiring, and every time I watch I feel more energized to take on the working world; it certainly motivates.
Well, I love Tom Cruise. What girl doesn’t? But all that aside, I consider this a personal favorite because it’s about ethics, morals and staying true to who you are as a professional. Let’s face it, there can be moral confusion in the workplace. In fact, it’s an issue many people deal with frequently. Though it’s often seen as a romantic comedy but it’s a story that says it’s possible to love what you do, make a difference and have a great career without having to be cut-throat in the process.
Last Chance Harvey
This movie realistically portrays people lost in the wrong jobs. It’s about two middle-aged single people struggling at work, with family relationships and with romance. Both characters are unsatisfied with their jobs, settled for a career they don’t like. To me, it’s a great career film because so many Americans are in jobs they wish they weren’t in or even hate. The lesson here is that life is too short to be in a career you don’t like. Find your passion and you’ll never see it as “ actual work.”
But I haven’t seen them all. What are your favorite career flicks and why? Join the conversation!
Trish Skram is a communications professional who works at Mercy Health System in Janesville and writes about Janesville's professional community. Trish is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. Her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.