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[Advice] Is it career suicide to move from big, established ATL agencies to a small independent only 6 months into a planning career?

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Moving within six months is probably more suicide than the direction of a move.

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Small agencies can be great learning opportunities, as you wear many hats and deal with clients closely. Personally glad I started with a smaller shop and don't think it will be career suicide for you.

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It depends on what you want to do with your career. Your first few jobs do set a precedent for the rest, but that doesn't mean working small or independent is bad. Independent can be pretty rad. If they work on national clients and do work you respect, I'd say you're fine. But if it's local or regional work, and that's what you wanna do, that's great too. Just figure out where you want your career to go.

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My comment does not apply to a contract position. In that case, move however you wish. I suspect you might learn more at a small agency in terms of job activities and learn more at a large agency in terms of clients work

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@DigitasLBi 1 - thanks for the advice!

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You'll probably get to do more significant work at a junior level at a smaller shop but with tiny budgets and stupider clients (not always but generally)

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@DigitasLBi 1 - I'm on a fixed term contract and straight out of uni. Do you think the stigma of moving after 6 months would still be so pronounced ?

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