I’m depressed. Nothing unique about my depression - I’m in big law, my career defines me, when I’m not working I can’t find the will to get off the couch, I’m sad or I’m numb…I know I’m the only one that can make a change to my life…I’m on antidepressants. Just extremely unmotivated and paralyzed. Self-help books are not for me, but I am curious - has anyone tried a guided depression/anxiety journal? Any recommendations if so? Or, if you have experienced the same, what steps did you take?
What is the best way to bring up salary negotiations at a review? Currently a senior analyst but falling below market standards with inflation. Newer employees with similar experience are coming in making more due to economy changes, I’m assuming. Any advice?
Student Loan ReFi: with the fed signaling yesterday they may raise interest rates earlier than expected, is anyone still waiting to refi until we get closer to end of forbearance on May 1, rather than locking in a lower interest rate now? I understand the loan forgiveness angle, but I’m a high earner with high loan balance and doubt I’d qualify for any forgiveness so locking in a lower interest rate is becoming more appealing to me.
Anybody know any good books/sources on couples finance or balancing financial mentalities? I have a personal finance mentality or character that is save as much as possible, spend as little on myself as possible, spend mainly on things that could appreciate in value. Whereas my gf is all about treating oneself, and living very comfortably, even if it is not sustainable. It doesn't help as well that I make 3-4x what she makes. Its hard to balance these two mentalities
How do people balance consulting life and hobbies/passions? I love the grind and the challenge of my job, but I barely have any time for anything else like art, which is really weighing me down
The NY Mets tn 🤮
Haha why is it called bench “blues”? I’m the happiest man alive on the bench. I do the bare minimum
A new CLE requirement??? Come on mannnnn
Best Xmas movie of all time?
Marketers, as we're going into September, re you continuing to see a decline or increase in dollar investment in your marketing efforts?
EY people I have a question. When I asked my friend (not too close) for a referral, she said unless she referred me to her team, otherwise she couldn’t refer me to other positions. Is this true that you are only able to refer to your team only?
Recommendations for post pill acne? Considering roacctuane, but scared about permnanet side effects!
Any managers/senior managers in here with kids? How do you do it? I’ve been working 24/7 for the last year straight and have a small child and have barely made it. Can’t imagine how people do this for
my boss really doesn’t our team. it’s totally unfounded, and is devastating for morale. tips for making our feelings known? how have you dealt with a boss who doesn’t trust you?
African 🐠 : how much do you give as a gift for a wedding? The bride is from Côte d’Ivoire, the groom is from Uganda.
I have been friends with the bride since college. I do consider her a friend, not just an acquaintance.
They don’t have a wedding registry. Wedding is in Canada. I was thinking $200-$250?
Does anyone work at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ? I'd like to apply for a regulatory policy role that's open and would appreciate a referral or help getting my application to a human!
In a tiny (only $52,000 in damages) litigation matter that should have been a simple trial on a simple issue (breach of contract), OC has filed 9 unsupportable motions, 7 of which had prayers for fees, including one claiming an ethics violation by me. All overruled. OC's latest brief in opposition to our motion to compel is a 13-page, babbling, word-salad mess with 126 pages of exhibits. It does not address our arguments and any 1L could have written a better brief. Judge should punish her!
How’s Maldives as a next destination?
(Any tips or additional details would be appreciated)
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Thinking to move from ad world to research / innovation world - but looking at a 25% pay cut with less long term growth potential. But that’s the work I love most out of all the strat work. Thoughts?
Have strategy expectations for pitches changed in recent years? Sounds like it’s a lot more comms-driven these days
What masters/non-academic program(like Planning Dirty) do you want to take or wish you didn’t take in your efforts to become better strategist?
What’s the Droga5 way of doing strategy?
What is your super power?
Are there different types of strategy at your agency (i.e., brand strategy, communications strategy, media strategy, creative strategy, etc.)? Do they all work in the same department?
anyone made the move to pharma? pros/cons? i have no prior pharma experience nor a science degree, but am intrigued by the sector’s stability/pay
What's up with strategists in NYC with less than 10yrs experience who have the Group Strategy, VP or SVP title? I see this a lot at big holding network agencies notably McgarryBowen, Havas, and FCB. Are agencies just desperate because they never trained enough folks so now are giving inflated titles? Do the titles not mean the same as they did like 5yrs ago?
As a huge Radiohead fan, my dream is to get a song of theirs into a spot I'm working on for tech company. Song recommendations people, I need 'em.
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Anybody have a method or guidance for “guerilla” interviewing for research?
Our agency doesn’t do interviews as part of the planning process, maybe fairly common given timeframes for projects. Trying to figure out my personal planning process though and I get a lot out of talking to people who fit the target — however, I have no clue how to find the right people outside of people I already know. If you have experience finding interviewees on your own would love to hear how you go about it.
Any 🐠 going to StratFest this week?
Senior strategist level freelancers - available? This is for B2B tech, positioning naming integration and some campaign strategy. DM if interested
Looking for help with some fresh/interesting insights around trust and the notion of trust? How has it changed over the last few years? Any brands that have played well in this territory?
Thoughts on 4A’s Strategy Festival? Worth making the trip to NYC? More interested in inspiration than education per se (although I’m sure I can always learn something new)
Any advice about how to handle a co-worker who will not stop checking me out? I'm dressed like a professional and I'm not going to HR for being "looked at." It's making me very uncomfortable
How’s TBWA NY?
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