5 Documentaries Every Career Girl Should Watch

large (1)Often to be the best version of ourselves, we have to take a leaf out of someone else’s book. With heaps to learn, and so much to aspire to every career girl can benefit from taking time out to learn from others. Whether you are just starting out in your career or are well-established in what you do, there is always room for improvement and a huge potential for you to learn through the experience of others. Watching documentaries is not only one of the best ways to receive a huge amount of knowledge in a short space of time, but can also be a great way to gain insight into a world that you know absolutely nothing about. The more you know, the better you will be, making these 5 documentaries a must-watch for every aspiring career girl!

Miss Representation (2011)

As a career girl the likelihood of receiving prejudice in the workplace is high, making this an essential watch to learn how to overcome it. Miss Representation not only looks at the different ways that women are often at a disadvantage, but also focuses on a number of ways that they can be empowered. With words of wisdom from a collection of hugely successful women, it is the perfect motivation that every career girl that has ever been discriminated against because of their gender.

The September Issue (2009)

Loved The Devil Wears Prada? Then you need to watch this real life version. Anna Wintour provides the behind the scenes of her life at Vogue, a job that thousands of girls dream of, and gives an insight into the demanding lifestyle that comes with it. As a powerful woman, with an impressive success, this documentary provides heaps of insight into how to stand out in industry, and how to confidently adopt a no-nonsense approach.

Beyond Clueless (2014)

Growing up with endless films that skew what the real world is really like can be damaging for any career girl searching for success. Beyond Clueless looks at how the movies we were obsessed with as teens has impacted our perceptions today, and the negative implications that this may be having within our everyday lives. An easy watch that by no means feels educational, it’s perfect to help you enter a career with a varied perspective.

Inside Pixar (2013)

The best way for a career girl to achieve success is to learn from the success of others. Being a multi-billion dollar industry Pixar have the means to provide inspiration, and educate on how to make success possible. By learning the ins and outs of a company, and through being a part of their highs and lows, you can acquire a knowledge of how to learn from your mistakes and what skills you need to be as successful as you can.

Public Speaking (2010)

Fran Lebowitz, a writer from New York had success with her two books Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, but following that her career has mostly been based on public speaking engagements. Martin Scorsese directs this documentary chronicling her exciting life and introduces you to a funny, witty and perceptive woman who every career girl could learn a thing or two from.

Emma Orlando


An Advertising student at Bournemouth University, who is currently undergoing a placement year at a PR agency in London.

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  • Stefanie from Happiness-Treasures

    Wow, this post was really helpful!!!! I will definitely watch Miss Representation! I wouldn’t have come across this documentaries without this post, so that you for that!

    Happiness Treasures // http://www.happiness-treasures.blogspot.com

  • Dani

    Bookmarking everything! I already saw The September Issue sometime ago, before my actual stint at a magazine. While my experience was less than glam (it wasn’t a fashion magazine), the documentary allowed a glimpse for the pressures of working for a publication and the types of people I would be meeting.

  • Atty S

    Miss representation on Netflix is such an eyeopener – thanks for sharing these.

  • Rae

    This was such an excellent post! I have already seen The September Issue and it is fabulous. I have added the other films to my list of documentaries to watch though, and am thinking about having a few girlfriends over to watch them together.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • LisaLDN

    Ah, I definitely need to check Beyond Clueless out! :D

  • Kelsey

    LOVE this list!!! The September issue is my absolute favorite! “Unzipped” is also another great fashion documentary, chronicling the start to finish of Isaac Mizrahi’s 1994 collection! So good.

  • Lucy Hillier

    Love this article, so well written! I’m going to watch them all!

  • All The Wears

    Added to my watchlist ;)

    Sophie x


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