Pop Culture Career Lessons

By: Megan

I don’t know about you, but it’s almost impossible for me to get through procrastinating on homework without reading an article on something some celebrity has done. When you’re a public figure, everything you do affects your career. Now, we may not have paparazzi following us everywhere we go, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn some lessons from their mistakes. So here are 4 tips we can learn from celebrities on how to manage your career.

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Keep your online persona professional

This is something we knew already, but your online persona can affect your career more than you think. Employers regularly search the web, and what they find may affect your hiring or continued work with them. There are only so many things you can make private once you post them online.

Now for the celebrity story: Amy’s Baking Company (ABC) was featured on Gordan Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. It was the first (and only) restaurant he walked out on. That was some pretty bad publicity for ABC. However, that wasn’t the end of the story. When the show aired, Amy’s Facebook page took off. There were rants, raves, accusations, and incoherencies galore. Don’t do this. If your page is public (especially your business page) make sure what you’re posting represents you.

If you need a break, take time off.

We’ve all heard the story of Lindsay Lohan. I could go into quite a few things we’ve learned from her, but I’ll stick with this: Take a break when you need one. Don’t overload yourself. A few years ago, when Lindsay was going through legal and emotional issues, she continued to take jobs. After repeatedly not showing up for shoots and causing bad press, she was fired and essentially black-listed by Hollywood for a good amount of time.

If you feel overwhelmed, or just don’t know where you’re going, step back, reevaluate your career, and ask for help. Don’t be afraid to take a break. When you’re back on track, you’ll find something. It’ll probably be even better and more suited for you once you know what you are actually looking for.

Don’t talk badly about coworkers (or supervisors)

Office gossip is hard to avoid. That doesn’t mean you should partake. A good example is when Megan Fox expressed her opinion of Michael Bay’s directing skills publicly. She was promptly fired from Transformers 3, and will never work in one of his films again. Your experience might not be quite as dramatic, but it will definitely hinder your career. Keep quiet, discourage talk around you, and make sure you never criticize your coworkers to anybody but them or your supervisor (and then only in the most productive, professional way you can).

Be Proactive

From various celebrities we’ve learned that if you mess up, the best response is to tell somebody before it’s found out. That may mean setting a meeting with your supervisor or the person who was wronged. Explain how the mistake happened, and come up with a solution as quickly as possible. Do not let yourself get caught covering up a mistake.

Next time you’re reading the tabloids as a way to waste time, try to find something that can apply to your life. Don’t just get caught up in the drama; learn from it!

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About ellenhatfield

New professional in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education. I am a Career Counselor at the University of MN Duluth.

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