For those yet to see it (where have you been?!) The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 film about an aspiring journalist (Andy), fresh out of college, who gets a job as the second assistant to famed fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly. An esteemed figure in the industry, Miranda is also the worst boss imaginable, leaving Andy struggling to find her footing at a job where she is already way out of her depth. Here are five career lessons that we can learn from Andy’s eventful journey.
1. Consider the warning signs before accepting an offer
When Andy arrives for her interview at Runway magazine she’s greeted by Emily Charlton, Miranda’s obnoxious first assistant, who lets her know that “Miranda sacked the last two girls after only a few weeks”. This should have immediately set alarm bells ringing. Why on earth would someone need to fire two new members of staff consecutively after only a few weeks? This indicates a potential problem with the employer as opposed to the candidates they hired.
2. Work your butt off and it’ll be acknowledged
Yes, initially Andy was working hard under the most absurdly unrealistic conditions imposed by her tyrant of a boss, but she was frustrated at receiving no praise for her efforts. It was only after going full on beast mode that her relentless grind was acknowledged. In situations like this you may need to do a little self reflection. You may be working hard, but are you working to the best of your abilities?
3. Look the part
A little superficial, but it goes without saying that you should dress for the job you want. When Andy went for the role at Runway, her unfortunate clothing choices meant she stuck out like a sore thumb, and her colleagues never missed an opportunity to tell her so. Once she swapped her woolly jumpers for high end couture, people’s attitudes began to shift.
4. Don’t let work destroy your personal relationships
If your job is so consuming that it seeps into your personal life and begins to affect your relationships, something is definitely wrong. Andy’s obsession with her job lead to the demise of both her romantic relationship and her closest friendships.
5. A glowing reference can make all the difference
So it all ended in tragedy. After walking out on the job Andy was once again on the hunt for employment, less than a year after starting at Runway. And whilst a potential employer had questions about her short stint at the magazine, he couldn’t argue with the reference he’d received from Miranda. “I got a fax from Miranda Priestly herself, saying that of all the assistants she’d ever had you’re by far her biggest disappointment…and if I don’t hire you I’m an idiot.”
There you have it folks, 5 career lessons we can learn from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. What did you you take from the movie?