Over 40 in Advertising

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Ever have a boss / senior leader make a snarky comment about your age? How did you handle it?

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Lots of dialogue about ageism of late. Interesting discussion—one person railing against the bias; alt view from a headhunter, “it’s not ageism, it’s salaryism (us older types too damned $$$). I can… more

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Anyone considering teaching after they get aged out of the industry?

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I turn 40 next month. Y’all throwing me a party? Also, is there some type of hazing event?

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Anyone else find it amusing that agencies don't want permanent employees who are over 40, but when hiring consultants they want people with the most years of experience? I was forced into retirem… more

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Remember when there were superstars in advertising? Campaigns you drooled over? CCO’s you’ve actually heard of?

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Laid off last Nov. Have built up a steady freelance stream since and it’s working. Shit, it’s lucrative. But I miss being in the game. Can I get back in? Should I? Opportunities at my level seem few a… more

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How are you doing? Are things picking up? Excited for the future? I'm getting many more inquiries than at any point in the last 2 years, with lots of interviews that seem to go splendidly, but the… more

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After a pause of more than a few years, I decided to renew my print subscription to CA magazine—figured it might be a blast from the past to actually turn pages again. Looking at it, however, was mor… more

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Thought I’d ask this here since I imagine there are a few of us who were laid off over the last year. I am signed up and scheduled to start making the Cobra payments May 1. I do qualify for the subsi… more

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Be curious. Learn new skills. Stay relevant. What are you adding or looking to add to your skill set for the next sea change in advertising?

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Anyone in this bowl ever worry that your house looks too nice on Zoom calls? I transitioned into this career late so I’m older than my peers and managers, and tho I don’t live in a palace, it’s a nice… more

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Fellow 40s in advertising - the APG in canada is running a virtual event addressing ageism in advertising with some pretty great panelists. If you’re free on March 31, there will probably be some good… more

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We all know it’s out of bounds for interviewers to ask how old we are. But I feel like a common chitchat question is, “Do you have kids? Oh, cool. How old are they?” Do you lie, or dodge? I pass for m… more

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All that experience we have is actually valuable to some people. I made a few hundred answering questions about pitch best practices, and they have consulting opportunities across all kinds of busines… more

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Today I was told "Don't be such a Karen" at Whole Foods (Chicago) for asking a Gen Z (20-something is Gen Z?) to move her cart so a grandma could squeeze between our carts.

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I’m 40. Should I cut experience on my resume before 2010? I already took off my college graduation year. How else can I defend against agism? I’m not looking to make more than $220k a year - honestly … more

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I got written up due to a millennial aged co-worker whose feelings I accidentally hurt during a meeting. I didn’t call the person any derogatory names or shout or do anything out of the ordinary. I ju… more

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How often do the women here get routine mammograms? I had an appointment last March that was canceled due to the pandemic, and now it’s been more than 2 years since my last one. Don’t really want to g… more

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Some brands that advertised during Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl: AOL, Blockbuster, Radio Shack, Circuit City, CompUSA, Sears, HotJobs, Yahoo, VoiceStream Wireless, Gateway Computers

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Hey, wait a second. I thought we Gen Xers were defined by the word “slacker.”

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I spent almost 20 years at agencies. I got laid off last year and took a consulting role at the manager level in Big Tech. I’m paid enough to be comfortable and have little stress because I’m doing a … more

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“How did you know when you were done?”

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Starting the new with a sense of renewal—pushing out and up for better and higher.

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How much wine/alcohol do you drink in a week & your age? I will start - 45/M & on an average 1 bottle of wine weekly.

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Today is the first day Millennials turn 40! Welcome to the club.

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Seems like the silly season for predictions, so why not? Got any you want to share? Extra gold stars if they relate to this bowl and are, even moderately upbeat. Okay, that may be pushing it.

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I'm close to burning out, but I've just been given a new massive project to staff and roll out in a very short timeframe. It's going to take a series of miracles to pull off and represent… more

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Will be turning 50 this summer and there’s a good chance I’ll hit 700k in 401k valuation before the end of year and it’s probably the thing I regret least in all the years put into this industry...

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Need to give the website a refresh. Anyone have a preferred site with simple templates? Is it SquareSpace or bust?

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I’m more than a smidge taken with McKinsey’s phrase, “the next normal”—while it doesn’t change my opinion of their impact on things (having lived with the backwash of their “whatever you were doing, d… more

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Does anyone in Connecticut have any recommendations for safe frozen meal delivery services for elderly parents? Looking for something healthier and more sustainable than DoorDash or pizza delivery.

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