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I’m at a jr level in a small agency & I’m constantly given non-design work (social media & marketing tasks mostly) in addition to design work. Is this holding me back or a good learning opportunity?

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I think it’s normal for employees of small agencies to wear a lot of hats and have influence on a variety of projects. This is the draw of the small agency environment. Deciding whether taking on extra tasks is for you depends on your career goals. Some people like being a jack of all trades, some people want to focus on one thing. It’s a matter of personal preference.

Also, if you decide it’s for you, you should mention the extra work you’re taking on and ask for a raise during your next performance review. I bet you’re underpaid for the amount of work you’re actually doing.

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No worries, I’ve been in your spot before. Good luck!

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That’s typically normal of small agencies. I’ve worked at my share of them where I am the one designer on the team (other than an occasional intern). So I would touch just about everything.

What matters is whether you find fulfillment in the work and if the clients allow you to produce portfolio worthy work. If you answer no to either of those, you’re likely not growing.

Sometimes you could stretch yourself thin because when you job hop you may have spent your time doing 15% good design, 30% putting logos on images for social, 20% helping update the WordPress site, 15% writing blogs for the agency, etc. You then try to move up but bigger agencies have a bigger team that focuses on each discipline.

You’re now interviewing for a Sr Design job and they ask you to show them what you created at your last job. Unfortunately a lot of that non-design stuff may not help you. Also, my experience has been larger agencies are usually intimidated by the jack of all trades type.

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@AD1 thanks for the advice! What would you recommend I do to prepare myself for bigger agencies while I’m at my smaller agency?

Is this normal for a small agency or a junior role? Or should I get my experience here then start seeking other opportunities?

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