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The 9 Career Lessons I Learned from Watching Parks and Rec

Rachel Serwetz
Rachel Serwetz
April 1, 2024
The 9 Career Lessons I Learned from Watching Parks and Rec:

The 9 Career Lessons I Learned from Watching Parks and Rec:

  • 🤓 Be a Ben: Find your room. While Ben never stuck with the accounting job, you can’t ignore his genuine fit with the folks at that company.
  • 🎭 Be an Ann: Be multifaceted! A nurse who can also somehow do PR. 😂 Explore various avenues of your skillsets and how they can interrelate.
  • 👀 Be an April: Find your true calling by giving it the time it deserves. After deeply learning about herself and exploring role options, she pivoted careers happily.
  • 🧐 Be a Ron: Help your team feel empowered at work by listening more than you speak. You may just find that you connect the dots better than others this way.
  • 💁‍♂️ Be a Tom: Be entrepeneurial! This will make you stand out, whether its pursuing “intrapreneurship” to innovate within your company or exploring gigs on the side.
  • 💃 Be a Donna: Start a side gig! Her side gig (real estate) turned into her full time job eventually. You never know what can happen if you lean into your interests.
  • 👞 Be an Andy: Lean in to your creative side and be open-minded with jobs that could be a fit for you (being a TV host for a kids show was clearly not his original plan)
  • 😃 Be a Jerry/Larry/Garry/Barry/Terry: Make people laugh.
  • 👭 Be a Leslie: Be a friend to your team. While Leslie has so many admirable traits and serious work ethic, most of all, she is a human who cares deeply about her team.

What'd you learn from Parks and Rec?

The 9 Career Lessons I Learned from Watching Parks and Rec

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Rachel Serwetz’ early professional experience was at Goldman Sachs in Operations and at Bridgewater Associates in HR. From there, she was trained as a coach at NYU and became a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. After this, she worked in HR Research at Aon Hewitt and attained her Technology MBA at NYU Stern. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of professionals with career exploration and for the past 4.5+ years she has been building her company, WOKEN, which is an online career exploration platform to coach professionals through the process of clarifying their ideal job and career path. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Binghamton University and has served as a Career Coach through the Flatiron School, Columbia University, WeWork, and Project Activate.

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