Her name is Katniss Everdeen – the fictional star of the extremely popular trilogy, The Hunger Games.
Oddly, while watching this (super realistic) story about a country who forces its children to kill each other, I couldn’t help but think there are some valuable career lessons to be learned from Katniss’s adventure.
1. Let Others Help You
Katniss is understandably wary of the adults who surround her during her trip to the Hunger Games. However, she soon realizes the value of her mentor, Haymitch, who may be a stumbling drunk most of the time but won the Hunger Games himself as a younger man. Clearly, Haymitch knows exactly what to teach promising young “tributes”. Along the way, Katniss meets others willing to help her succeed in her endeavors; once she opens up to the idea of receiving advice, she finds their counsel valuable.
Letting others in on your job search journey can be scary, but it is absolutely necessary. There are people who have been in your place before you ready to help you find your career path. Take advantage of their knowledge!
2. Embrace Your Strengths
When first heading to the Hunger Games, Katniss doesn’t know how she will become a real contender in the fight to the death – let alone win. Before simply giving up, however, Katniss reflects upon what she has learned in her young life that might help her succeed. It turns out that all of those hours spent hunting small game for survival will aid her greatly in her fight at the Hunger Games.
It can be difficult to realize what you are truly good at – but once you do, take advantage of the skills you already have developed. This will make your career path easier and you will ultimately be a more effective employee.
3. Look Out for Yourself
One of the most valuable lessons Katniss Everdeen teaches us throughout The Hunger Games is that you must look out for yourself. When she was young, her father died, and Katniss immediately took over the duties of hunting and gathering food to provide for her younger sister and mother.
When it comes to your career, you are your own advocate. Others will be happy to help you along the way – but you must make the big moves on your own.
Spoiler Alert: All of these skills helped Katniss Everdeen ultimately win the Hunger Games. By following her lead, you can find success and happiness in your career – and win your job search competition.
About the Author: Erica Roberts graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Marketing. She is an avid reader and writer, and is extremely passionate about social media. Erica currently holds several part time marketing positions, including a social media internship with YouTern, and is searching for a full time career. Connect with Erica on LinkedIn and Twitter.