4 Education Career Lessons From TV
Hamsa Ramesha | Teaching
4. Dress to Impress
The Show: Ugly Betty
Betty Suarez (America Ferrara) works at fashion magazine Mode, where the competition is deadly — sometimes literally. Betty is sweet and hard working, but with her shaggy hair, over-sized glasses, metallic braces and tacky clothes, she’s also the ugly duckling in the fashion-forward office. Still, her professionalism and dedication to the job have brought her success on more than one occasion.
The message of Ugly Betty may be all about inner beauty, but if a real-life Betty showed up at a magazine looking like she did, she wouldn’t have lasted a day. Dressing professionally reflects on who you are personally and matters a lot in your career. But that also doesn’t mean you should start crash dieting and break the bank on designer clothes!
Observe your school culture and imitate a similar sense of style. It’s appropriate to wear heels or a tie sometimes, but especially when working with young students, jeans and a t-shirt may be just fine. No matter the situation, it’s important to always look put together, professional and appropriate.