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I hate age bias. But I fear staying in CD roles at ad agencies will lead to be stressing to find freelance work when I’m 45 or so. I know Cannes winners 40+ out of work. Client side seems safer.

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I’m with that. Especially since I’m not having kids.

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I hear you. I moved into pharma at 52 and I’m still working full time at 62. It’s a different kind of creative challenge, and there’s still plenty of ageism— but I’ve done some of the best work of my life. And I know I wouldn’t be employed if I had tried to stay in general advertising.

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Have been toying with a complete career flip because of this inherent ageism and ephemeral nature of the industry. It’s drastic though, and the thought of climbing another industry’s ladder has stopped me. I love the agency culture but know it’s not sustainable as I age

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