Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Career Lessons From Dexter

Guess what I did in World of Ideas class today. I WROTE THIS.

The idea stemmed from this blog post, Career Lessons From Popular TV Shows. I really liked the concept of it, how you can learn life or career lessons from just about anything! So, instead of paying attention to my oh so boring professor, I wrote this. Warning - If you haven't seen Dexter, there are spoiler alerts in here!

5 Career Lessons From Dexter

1. Learn to multitask. Dexter isn't too good with juggling his job, his killing sprees, and his family. Don't be like him! (well, for more than this reason) Dexter also doesn't have the best time management skills. Once you get to college and start a job or internship, you need to have mastered time management skills. Also, if you can multitask, meaning if you can brainstorm ideas about a new project while your coworker chats about her current life problems, or if you can check the news or work-related updates during your elevator ride, or if you can finish blood spatter analyses at work while researching about your dead mother while plotting your next kill, you can kill two birds with one stone. Ha ha, see what I did there?

2. Love what you do. Dexter's job seems SO cool, right? He's a blood spatter analysis, meaning he figures out how someone was murdered or injured by looking at their blood spatter on the ground or walls. Of course, his interest in blood stemmed from his traumatic childhood in an outdoor warehouse crate. When I was younger, I loved to write. I have stacks of journals filled to the margins with silly writings and stories. No wonder I'm such a good journalist ;) What did you love to do when you were younger? Take these wise words by Confucius to heart, 'Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.'

3. Determination is key. Have you noticed how Dexter always gets the bad guy? He's such a boss. But, more importantly, he knows what he wants, and he gets it. I know it's cheesy, but if you put your mind to something, chances are, you're going to get it - whether it be visualizing an important interview before it happens, running a successful program, or being rewarded by recieving a bonus.

4. Prepare for change. In this show, it seems like there is a cliffhanger at the end of every episode. From realizing who the Ice Truck Killer is to hearing Rita say she is pregnant; from hearing a gunshot and seeing Lundy dead, to seeing his son Harrison in the bathroom in a pool of blood. When the credits show up, I'm always shouting, 'No no no!' with my mouth agape. (Ask Ryan, he can confirm this.) When things don't go your way at work, don't drop your mouth so it looks like you're catching flies. Start brainstorming solutions right away. Always prepare for the unexpected.

5. Do your research. The Miami Metro Police Department has messed up a few times and had to backtrack. The one I remember is when LaGuerta falsely accused Tony Tucci as being the Ice Truck Killer. This put them way behind on their investigation and it discredited the department in a major way. Whether you're a journalist, a PR specialist, or a police officer, make sure you double and triple check your sources, quotes, and information before you make it public. Dexter is annoyingly accurate in everything he does. Be like him for this reason only!

Also, don't forget to reward yourself for all your good-doings, whether it be dropping money on a shiny new car or looking through all your shiny blood slide trophies.

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