Feeling really frustrated @ work. I got my 1st job a few months ago, & while I’m super super grateful...they don’t have me doing anything of importance. I constantly have to ask the project manager for work, & when I am assigned something, it’s design work. Meanwhile, the other juniors here are working on conceptual briefs for big brands. I don’t have a team I’m assigned to nor do I have a partner (which I was told I would have one by the recruiter). CONT...

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Of course I was expecting this as a junior, I did not think I was going to be thrown into big briefs. But it just feels like I have no purpose being @ this agency. I’m curious why they even hired me if I’m just some glorified designer? I expressed my concerns (NOT LIKE THIS OBVIOUSLY) in a meeting I had recently and they said they have “big plans,” but idk if I really believe them. Trying to stay hopeful but it’s really discouraging. I’m also trying to push out proactive ideas now but that’s besides the point. Advice anyone? :(

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Where are you? That sounds horrible and unlike most places. I’d suggest giving it a few weeks to see if those “big plans” (ask for specifics), pan out. Can you ask about moving teams at your agency? If not, start looking for a new job. Even juniors get to work on big briefs, and it’s really not normal to be asking PMs for work. That’s ridiculous!! Don’t undervalue yourself as a junior. You’re coming in with tons of fresh ideas!

This is a lot harder in a virtual environment, but you may have to raise your hand when any other opportunity comes up. New business pitch? Internal agency project? Anything that will get you in front of other people will help because these other people may take notice and start actively putting you on projects that need concepting.

Lack of a partner in an agency where you are assigned partners is an issue. Maybe “big plans” means “oh shit we need to get a writer for OP” but I’m just guessing. I’d just keep pressing the CD (or whoever you report to) that while you’re happy to work on these projects, you want to take on a lot more.

My first junior job was similar in how I never had a set partner. The only way I got one who I could work with consistently was by landing a pitch. Then we had a lot of work to do together. Before, exact same boat.

Unfortunately that didn’t protect me from budget cuts. 2 month into campaign they cut my team and I. Now I’m back to square one - looking for work and trying to better fill out my book in the mean time.

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