5 TV Role Models for Working Women

ryan howard, the office
Kevin Parry
ryan howard, the office
Kevin Parry
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Develop a Positive Brand
Rule #1: Develop a Positive Brand TV scenario: “I don’t want to be, like, a guy here, you know? Like Stanley is the ‘Crossword Puzzle Guy’ and Angela has cats. I don’t want to have a thing here.” – Ryan Howard, The Office. Real Life Lesson: The distinctive habits you develop affect how you’re perceived. Decide what your best strength is and play to it.
josh radnor, how i met your mother
L. Cohen
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Josh Radnor
Rule #3: Be Flexible TV Scenario: Ted Mosby, the architect on CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, often finds himself sneaking back into the office for late-night work sessions. Real Life Lesson: Overtime can take you to the next level, or at least score you some perks. Check your firm’s official policy about comp time or flex time. Some companies offer additional vacation days for overtime.
america ferrera
Mark Sullivan
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Keep Learning
Rule #5: Keep Learning TV Scenario: “This class is phase one of my career: I write, I get published, I work my way to editor, and then I can run a magazine.” –Ugly Betty’s Betty Suarez, on a writing class she’s taking at lunch Real Life Lesson: Furthering your professional education is always a shrewd move if you’re looking to advance your career. Carefully assess what skills you still need to acquire before jumping into costly continued education courses. And find out whether your firm will reimburse you for the effort.
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Rule #6: Don’t buckle. TV Scenario: On NBC’s 30 Rock, Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon is regularly dressed-down by Jack, but she doesn’t let him knock her down. Liz says, “I’m the one who always has to clean up the mess afterwards!” Jack: “That’s why my job is so much better than yours.” Life Lesson: Don’t crack under pressure if a co-worker bullies you, or try to make your job seem less important than theirs. Channel your energy into your work, the way Liz does every time.
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