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Defeated. First few years of agency life were fine. In the past year things have been turbulent - one agency was full of management that would openly mock, and in current role, I haven't (cont'd)

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been able to mix well with my clients (just a bad fit) that I have been replaced, and have been forced to resign. Both roles in the past year have lasted about 5-6 months each, leaving a bit of a dent on my resume. I am exhausted, disappointed and am leaning towards never working in an agency again. The past year has been full of drama and hard times - I'm not particularly passionate about client servicing, and many of the jobs in my market do not have dedicated strategists. Think it's time to move in house, or start my own business. Would be grateful for some perspective from some of you more experienced folk. 🙏

Wow I’m so sorry to read this. I’m also sorry no one responded. I am going through this exact same thing. I am having a tough time at agencies. Things start off good and then get progressively worse. I always choose to leave because I won’t let the agency world take away my sanity. I have decided owning my own business is the only way out...however that will take time. My suggestion is to remove the 2 roles off your resume and extend the previous role to fill in the gaps. Start looking for a new agency or go client side. If agency side, read reviews on Glassdoor and try to find somewhere that you can stay for at least 2 years...somewhere where you can be somewhat happy and build your business on the side.

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