5 Careers Lessons from Ghostbusters

Because entertainment, escapism, and explosions aren’t all the movies are good for…

(And yes, we mean the 2016 reboot).

Anything men can do…

…Women can also do. Just to name a few of the things the film showed that women are good at, there’s science, history, comedy, weapons engineering, and fighting supernatural pterodactyls.

In a film written by a woman, starring women, and where many of the crew were women, it’s only fitting that the story was about 4 awesome women out to show the world that they can fight ghosts just as well as anyone else, thank you.

Shake it off

Throughout the film, the Ghostbusters face criticism that they’re no good at their jobs, generally from angry men on the Internet. It’s a case of art imitating life, given that the film has been divisive from the moment it was announced that the reboot would be all female.

However, the film is a great lesson in ignoring what people are saying if you know you’re capable and doing the right thing. It’s not easy to slough off criticism, and in fact as a graduate it’s important to take feedback on board in order to improve. But when it’s clearly unfounded, do your best to shake it off. 

Different perspectives help bring success

Erin, Abby, Patty, and Holtzman all have different forms of expertise, and it’s that which makes them such a successful team. Notably, although the other three are scientists, Patty is a local history buff. Her knowledge of New York and its haunted buildings proves just as important as the others’ scientific knowledge in figuring out that there’s an apocalypse brewing in a nearby hotel.

Next time you’re arguing with someone about the relative important of science and arts degrees, remember that everyone would be living in a paranormal dimension with Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man if the team hadn’t been willing to work together.

Don’t be afraid to change direction

Ghostbusters is a movie full of abrupt career changes. Erin, Abby, and Holtzman all find themselves suddenly unemployed, and Patty leaves her job at a subway station to join Ghostbusters. While Erin in particular is less than keen to be changing careers at first, ultimately it’s the right choice for all of them.

Lots of people get to a stage when they realise that they’re not in the right place for them. In fact, statistics suggest that the average person changes career 5-7 times in their lifetime.

Sometimes its six months into your first graduate job, sometimes it’s after 10 or 20 years of work. Whatever the case, if you’re know that you’d be better suited elsewhere, don’t let fear stop you from making that leap. It might not always be easy, but neither is doing a job you dislike.

Be ready to exploit a business opportunity

If you fancy yourself an entrepreneur and want to set up your own business someday, take note of the importance of spotting a gap in the market and taking full advantage of it. It’s something the ghostbusting gang in the original film have a bit more luck with, as they make the most of the city’s sudden ghost epidemic and effectively establish themselves as paranormal pest control.

In the reboot, the same service doesn’t quite get off the ground in the same way, but their hard work eventually pays off when they receive from the government. If you know you’ve got a fantastic idea, don’t be afraid to pursue it.

The original team owed their entrepreneurial success in no small part to the fact that their leader, Peter Venkman, was a fantastic salesman. If you’re interested in sales and business development, check out this fantastic graduate scheme with one of the UK’s hottest Fintech companies. You’ll spend a year in a fast-paced environment, receiving training and support, and being well rewarded for your success.