If you’ve ever needed proof that your dream mentor might fall short of your expectations, it’s hard to go past The Devil Wears Prada. In the cult 2006 comedy, Andy Sachs, a wide-eyed aspiring journalist played by Anne Hathaway, lands a job assisting Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly, a queenly fashion magazine editor whose stamp of approval could catapult her career. Surprisingly, it’s her colleague, an art director with a talent for no-nonsense pep talks, who prepares her for reality and gives her the courage to make her mark.
It only took a year in the corporate world to realise that climbing a traditional work ladder (power suits, inane meetings, networking drinks) was never going to be for me. But at the same time, I’ve always been fascinated with the ways in which freelancers and business owners replicate or reinvent the dynamics of traditional workplaces. I wrote about how freelance workers and creative professionals are increasingly mentored by their friends and collaborators rather than old-school bosses in a feature for The Collective. You can read it in full here. The issue out at good newsagents around the country now.