It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey finds himself in a serious financial predicament: a warrant for his arrest due to the actions of his forgetful uncle and the greedy Mr. Potter. George is rescued by his friends in Bedford Falls, who come together to help repay the debt of misplaced money. With the help of his guardian angel, Clarence, he realizes that he does have a life worth living.
Why was George’s life so wonderful? He spent it sacrificing his time to help the people of Bedford Falls afford a nicer life of their own and was always kind and honest.
Taking the time to network will allow you to get ahead in your career, just as it helped George. Surround yourself with people who can give you advice, would recommend you and who motivate you to purse your goals as you begin your search for an internship or job. Just as George was always honest with his business practices (opposed to the villain, Mr. Potter), be yourself when meeting professionals in your field.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Griswold family Christmas is anything but peaceful. The clan made up of Clark, his wife, Ellen, and their two children quickly realize their plans for the holiday are crumbling when all members of the family begin to congregate at their home. Clark chooses a tree that’s way too big, (which is later burnt to a crisp), the quirky Uncle Eddie arrives unexpectedly in his mobile home and a squirrel causes turmoil as it runs loose through the house.
The only thing keeping Clark together is his expected Christmas bonus and his fantasy of putting a swimming pool in the backyard. He’s overcome with a fit of rage when he finds out his “bonus” is simply a “one year membership to the jelly of the month club.”
The lesson we should take from Clark’s bonus check fiasco lies in the idea that a person shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket.
In the midst of job search we all have a specific company for which we would love to work. However, when beginning your search don’t automatically rule out a company or position. In the unfortunate event you aren’t offered your first choice opportunity, you’ll have other options. Begin the application process early and apply for multiple positions.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Kevin McCallister finds himself forgotten once again in New York City, rather than being on vacation with his family in Florida. He is reunited with escaped criminals Marv and Harry, who plan to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve. Kevin defeats his old enemies with a series of booby traps. His plan, which includes bricks, paint cans, a staple gun, missing floorboards and fire, proves to not only be successful, but hilarious.
Just like Kevin, have a plan and be prepared for interviews. Make sure to research the company in which you’re interviewing for — it shows that you’re both informed and interested. Prepare yourself for common questions, take notes and think of thoughtful questions to ask.
You can also take advantage of the resources at your school. Most colleges have departments dedicated to helping students prepare for their career. Have your resume reviewed or participate in a mock interview to gain practice and valuable feedback.
Will Ferrell in a scene from the motion picture Elf.
When he accidentally ends up at the North Pole as a baby, Buddy is raised as an elf. As he grows older, Buddy can’t help but notice he differs from the other elves, most noticeably in size. He soon discovers that he truly isn’t an elf, but instead the son of Walter, who lives in New York City.
Buddy sets out on journey to find his real father in the hopes of discovering who he really is, spreading Christmas cheer along the way.
Take a cue from Buddy and find out who you really are and how you want to present yourself to a potential employers. Whether it is through social media, a personal website or portfolio, understand the impression you wish to make and take measures to brand yourself.
More importantly, know how to make the best first impression of yourself in person as you meet professionals in your field.
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