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I'm Asking: Did Hollywood Influence Your Career Expectations?

I'm Asking: Did Hollywood Influence Your Career Expectations?

Hollywood tends to spotlight professions that are perceived as hip, adventurous, or respectful. The doctor looks like a rested rock star, the shopaholic journalist becomes a successful finance columnist, the young lawyer cracks the case and still has time to sneak out whenever she wants to have lunch with her gal pals. I love watching the lighthearted big-screen versions of what I know to be taxing professions, but the unrealistic depictions and instant career success that fits within the 90-minute romcom plot can be agitating.

Have your career expectations been influenced by sharply dressed bankers, lawyers, journalists, and doctors on TV and in movies (you know, the ones who manage to do it all by 23 and still have fun)? Or have you been able to base your career expectations on real-life examples?

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nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 6 years
Hell no. Lawyers, Doctors, and Journalists might look like they have hot careers on tv but I know that its only tv. In real life lawyers and doctors are very stressed out. Journalists are very low paid. Growing up it was my dream to go into journalism but then I realized, journalists spread a lot of propaganda, doesn't matter if they're conservative or liberal, it still comes across their writings. I'm a graphic and web design major in college. I hate how easy it is for the characters to rise to the top while it takes most of us years to earn a 50-60k paycheck or a six figure salary (no matter what profession you're going for).
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
Like Kazagirl, some shows sparkled my interest for certain professions. If House were on TV when I was thinking about my career choices, I'd definitely consider medicine more attentively. But ultimately I decided based on real life experiences, and I'm glad. I'd be one miserable doctor!...
Kazagirl Kazagirl 6 years
I am not going to lie and say that Hollywood had no influence in my potential career choices. When I watched the X-files I wanted to be an FBI agent and the same for wanting to be a Lawyer when I was in love with Ally McBeal. In the end I chose a career path that was more for personal reasons then because a television show glamorizing the profession.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i didn't really get influenced by TV or movies for my job i just know that when i tell ppl what i do for a living (i.e. work in advertising) they think that it's like Melrose Place or Mad Men or some show like that.
rowlkitty rowlkitty 6 years
No, if anything I yell at the TV and tell them they are doing it wrong. I deal with bacteria and viruses so really the only time it ever comes up are zombie movies.
lovely2190 lovely2190 6 years
I would love to be an event planner when i get out of college. Although I know the wedding planner isn't really realistic I think that is where I got the idea to be one. I love planning and I am organized so i do feel that being an event planner would be a perfect fit for me ;)
Sleepingbitchy Sleepingbitchy 6 years
I'm going to be a teacher, so no, Hollywood didn't influence my career choice at all... apart from the phase in my teens when I wanted to become a movie star^^
pearsbeary pearsbeary 6 years
i was more or less influenced by hollywood, but always taking it w/ a grain of salt since i expected dramatization and glamorization...
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I always thought forensics would be so cool because of the neat stuff they could use it for on TV, but one of the forensics investigators from our city came to talk to our biochem class in college and told us it's mostly analyzing DNA from dirty underwear for rape cases and doing paternity testing...definitely not as glamorous as I thought it would be.
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