The bright lights of Hollywood and the gripping nature of a Netflix series has always captivated audiences and made some of us want to become film stars or award-winning directors. However, the TV and movie industry may also be inspiring everyday jobs that you can apply for on Jobrapido – not just creating dreams of winning awards and walking down The Oscars’ red carpet.
It has been suggested that scripted TV shows are having a huge effect on young people’s career choices, with many shows pointing viewers towards careers in medicine, law and working for the police force.
Rutgers University undergraduate researchers watched over 200 episodes of scripted TV shows that are also watched by young people and teenagers who are soon required to make plans within education and future careers. Their findings suggest that these shows do influence career ambitions. Here is what they found:
The takeaway from the research is that TV characters become relatable, and it is not uncommon for young people to base real career decisions and education choices based on what they have seen on TV shows. Sometimes this can be positive, but it may also set unrealistic expectations or trick students into thinking that getting into a profession is easy.
Considering the research, here are some TV shows and main characters that may have influenced people’s career choices:
Suits – university law department may be filling up because of the characters on Suits, most notably Meghan Markle. The royal may be partly responsible for a 20% rise in female law degree applicants through UCAS.
Grey’s Anatomy – one show that may be increasing interest in a career as a doctor or surgeon is Grey’s Anatomy. The recognition of the characters and their inspiration will make any viewer consider a medical career.
Homeland – Homeland doesn’t just portray the excitement as working as a detective, but it also breaks barriers and stereotypes by including Claire Danes as one of the leads. This may just be helping young girls to consider a career in the police force.