11 Career Lessons From The Devil Wears Prada

After watching The Devil Wears Prada for the billionth time, I realized why, after nearly 10 years, it’s one of my top favorite movies. There are hundreds maybe more but at very least, many career and life lesson hidden in the movie.

Here are 11 career lessons hidden in The Devil Wears Prada. Which one stands out to you the most?

#1 Deal With It

Your boss is going to ask you for ridiculous things.

“THIS IS YOUR JOB!- Get-me-HOME!” Miranda

Don’t freak out, keep all things in perspective and deal with it.

#2 Know Who’s Who

Be aware of the movers and shakers in your field. Knowing who’s who is part of being prepared.

“… Yes so good to see you again ….” Miranda

Although you may not know everyone at least know who’s in the room.

#3 Know Your Stuff

Don’t just look the part, be the part. Know your stuff without anyone having to ask.

“But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? ……. in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.” Miranda

Know more than what others expect you to know. Knowledge is powerful. Invest in your craft.

#4 You Will Be Judged

Regardless of how you feel about it. You will be judged before they know your name. First impressions matter so dress the part.

“I can’t even begin to explain that!” Emily

Either way you will still be judged.

#5 Quit Or Do Your Job

There is always someone else that can do and wants your job. Don’t whine about it.

“… So quit. …. I can get another girl to take your job in five minutes… one who really wants it.” Niguel  “No, I don’t want to quit.” Andy

Simply quit or simply do your job. Everyone is replaceable.

#6 Write It Down

There is always something to write down.

“Now, get a pen and write this down.” Miranda “Now?” Andy

Keep notebook and do not be afraid to write things down.

#7 Know When Enough Is Enough

There are always clear signs. Know when enough is enough before it’s too late.

“…. when the time is right, she’ll pay me back. ….” Nigel

Nothing come be further away from the truth. Know when enough is enough.

#8 Pay Close Attention

Like it or not, understand it or not, the greats are great for a reason. When given the opportunity, learn from your the people you work with.  

“hhhhh” Miranda

Pay close attention.

#9 Create Balance

You must have balance. If you don’t have it, create it.

“You know, in case you were wondering … the person whose calls you always take? That’s the relationship you’re in.” Nate

Don’t loose what matters, while you are pursuing your dreams.

#10 Your Leadership Reflects Attitude

The manner in which you lead is entirely up to you.

“I know. I’m so sorry, Miranda. I actually did confirm last night.” Emily “Details of your incompetence do not interest me.” Miranda

Remember your leadership reflects the attitude of those you lead.

#11 Keep Your Core Values

At the end of the day your values should drive your decision. Keep your core values.

“I don’t think I’m like that. I couldn’t do what you did to Nigel, Miranda. I couldn’t do something like that.” Andy “You already did. To Emily.” Miranda

Don’t compromise your values.

What’s the moral of the story? The moral of the story is, there are lessons or in countless cases, many lessons to be learned.  The Devil Wears Prada just happens to be an awesome movie that shares countless life and career lessons by way of style, humor and storyline.
What career lesson did you resonated with the most?


written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief


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