Feeling down, stagnant, and unmotivated in your career path? Here are 5 career growth movies that will help you unwind and take a leap.
Have you ever felt like the steps you are taking in your career path are pointless? Like no matter what you do, you never achieve the same level of career growth as your peers? This is your sign to take a deep breath and analyze your life. Stressing and overthinking will not help you accelerate your career. Perhaps what you need is a nice warm shower, a warm meal, and some movies that will not only help you relax but motivate you to take the right steps towards your career growth.
Here are five inspirational career growth movies that can help you put your troubles into perspective and send you on the right path.
1. Pursuit of Happiness
This movie is about the life of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith (Yes, the one and only), who is a struggling salesman. If you are in the sales industry and you feel a little bit discouraged in your career growth, this movie is exactly what you need. Mr. Gardner is juggling a lot of struggles including financial instability, finding true happiness, being a single father, and his sales career.
Despite all this, do you know what Will Smith, oh sorry, Mr. Gardner doesn’t do? He doesn’t give up! In the end, he stays consistent and when it pays off, he lands his dream job. That is exactly what you need to do to achieve career growth - stay consistent and determined.
If you are a sucker for true story movies, we’ve got you covered! The film is about Vince Papale, played by Mark Wahlberg, a 30-year-old bartender who has received his fair share of bad luck. He finally manages to catch a break by getting an open tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles. I assure you that by the end of this movie you will want to kickstart your career growth by making some life-changing decisions.
3. The Intern
Apart from featuring the one and only Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, this film will have you questioning your career choices. If you haven’t watched it you might assume that the intern being referred to in the title is Anne Hathaway. You are far from wrong. The intern is played by none other than Robert De Niro. It is refreshing to see the change in age dynamics. Plus, the film will help you see that it is okay to start afresh no matter the stage you are in life. Never be afraid to start from scratch. All it takes is some confidence and a learning spirit to achieve your career growth dreams.
4. The Devil Wears Prada
This New York filmed movie takes you through the bright lights and promising fresh air of the New York Fashion World. In the creative industry, there are so many obstacles along the way, especially if you are in Africa. In the African creative scene, the struggle and roadblocks begin at home since our creative industry doesn’t seem as lucrative in comparison to white-collar jobs. But this movie will motivate you through all these obstacles.
Anne Hathaway plays the lead role of Andrea Sachs and an up-and-coming starlet in the fashion world. She struggles to get acceptance and notoriety in the industry. Her boss, played by Meryl Streep, is the symbolic obstacle that most career-driven people have to get through to get to the top. Even though Andrea sees her boss as the devil incarnate at first, she slowly figures out the true meaning of passion, commitment, dedication, and respect through her.
5. Up in the Air
This movie revolves around George Clooney, who is a Human Resource consultant that offers job termination services to corporate businesses. I mean, the man's work is to fire people. I know, right? However, as the movie slowly progresses you will notice the logic to the madness - which is, getting fired doesn’t have to be the end of your career growth.
Losing a job doesn’t have to be negative. When you concentrate on the positive side of it, you will see that it could be the beginning of something beautiful. Job loss has the potential of opening bigger and better opportunities for you. The moral of the story is that no job is 100% safe so why waste time doing something you don’t like? Therefore, never be too comfortable in your position that you stop taking steps towards career growth.