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How short lived are careers in advertising? Is every creative thinking of their exit plan/has a long term career goal? Welp

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I switched to pharma in my mid 50s and I’m still working almost a decade later. Say what you will about pharma, it bought me a longer career. Wouldn’t recommend it for a young creative though. It’s really hard to do great work (then again, I have a couple lions sitting on my desk thanks to pharma).

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Just curious, is your background copy or art direction?

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I think there is a big problem with this industry. Careers shouldn’t end around 40. Can you imagine a nurse or a lawyer’s career ending at 40?

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You make it sound so sexy

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Ends around age 40 unless you have a gigantic pile of awards.

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What about people who start when they are 35? Still aged out at 40 or just when they get expensive?

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I was de facto ECD of a largish Publicis agency then restructured out. Was out of a permanent job for about 3 months, kept taking freelance jobs at Senior Art Director level at 25% pay cut. Kept getting told I was too expensive—TBH seeing that they hired a white dude instead (I am a WOC) made me go, really?! Finally started today at an agency that's a dumpster truck on fire but was desperate enough to match my previous salary. I started late in advertising and am now 42—don't lose hope, there are lots of agencies at the end of their rope out there.

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Oh yay. Should I leave now at age 29 😖

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Yes. Not being salty. Get out while you are still young.

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Agree CW- but I’m curious where else we can go apart from freelance b/c I’m officially old now- I wanna pivot to some new career that’s nicer to old ladies but can’t afford to start from scratch.

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Pharma is a dead end though. Watch out

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I was joking. I’m in pharma. Just echoing all the folks on here who caution everyone that pharma will end your career while simultaneously wondering if they’re have a job in general after age 40.

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Left after 1.5 years. So happy with my decision.

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Experiential/exhibit/event, some print/digital design. Lots of stuff in the build environment

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Exit 35 to 40 at digital shops.

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