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I’m currently interning at a large agency but could have an opportunity for a junior position in-house. Would that be a smart move or should I hold out and see if I get hired at the place I’m at now?

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Tell the agency you have an offer- IF you actually have one. They will either give you an offer as well or say we’re not hiring due to no long term need. Don’t hold out for something that might not exist. Agency needs shift all the time and they might not hire you even if you’re great.

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I would hold out. You could always tell them about the in-house offer, that is if you have one.

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Take the offer. I was in your position and then it didn't pan out. I've seen it happen with our current interns too. Take the in-house offer.

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Cosign this. Bird in the hand, etc. In-house is generally more stable too. (For that matter, so is any job that hired you without being pushed into it by a competing offer, as your agency would be once you bring any eventual offer to them.)

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Take the paycheck

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Why are you interning? If it's to set yourself up as employable congrats, you have a job offer, no need to intern anymore. If it's for some other reason (education, environment, job there) then that's a judgement call. I will say, while there's something to be said for risk taking, I'm assuming you're pretty young and inexperienced here, and based on what you've shared I'd take the offered job. Frankly, wherever you go you're leaving in 18-30 months anyway, so it's not like either choice is really that important anyway.

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“A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.” Accepting an offer you already have locked down is better than risking losing it for an offer that you’re not sure is even going to come. This thinking helped me a lot when I was first starting out too. I would absolutely let your current internship know immediately that you have an offer but you really enjoy where you are and would like to know if they would consider giving you an offer to stay. You don’t want to keep the other place waiting too long but you can definitely ask for a few days to a week to think about it and in this time try to get your current place to give you a definite answer. If your current place is interested in keeping you, they’re most likely going to ask what your current offer is to either match or give you a little more so don’t be afraid to let them know those numbers (+ all benefits included). If you’re getting the runaround from your current place, just accept the offer. In these situations, never hold out and wait and see. You’re going to have to take some type of action so that you don’t miss out on either opportunity. Also I’ve been able to bounce between in house and agency fairly easily. Depends on your work, but I wouldn’t let that scare you especially since so many brands are going in house it’s becoming more normal. I’ve noticed agencies actually appreciate bringing in people who have the in-house/client side experience.

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You’ll restrict/slow down your learning. Your value maybe less im the future, but it doesn’t mean going in-house is bad either. Decide what’s more important now and how it impacts your future goals

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Hey OP. You probably have the best conundrum possible in your situation, but ultimately the decision has to be made. Moreover it has to be yours Here are some things to consider: -What is the agency potentially offering you that the in-house job can't? What can the in-house position offer you that the agency can't? -Since you're early in your career, where do you think you can get the best, most thorough, hands-on training with the most reasonable amount of stress. Stress is a big factor in early jobs, i.e. my first agency had me personally managing digital ads for over 50 clients, which was damned near impossible. -Where do you want to be in your career in 6 months, 1 year, and 3 years? Will the agency or the in-house job facilitate this better? -Do you want to work on several accounts or concentrate on one account? Keep in mind a single company can have many brands, and each of those can have multiple target audiences. -Lastly, who's offering the pay you need? An opportunity is only good if you can reasonably expect to afford it. No use chasing a dream when you can't feed yourself, you know? You've got a tough choice to make, but I think a little analysis will help a lot. Keep in mind that marketing and advertising is an industry of persuasion. We literally sell water to people living near lakes, artesian springs, and reservoirs. Sort the hype from the facts, and you'll be fine.

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Surprised at how many people are saying to take the in house offer.. where do you want to be in the near future? Staying in the agency world or going in house? Will any good work come of this in house job? It can be difficult to return to agencies after in house (some exceptions apply), but if this is current place is going nowhere then I might try another agency before going in house so soon.

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Take. The. Offer.

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Take the offer or go to the agency and tell them u have an offer and see if they will hire you

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If you are interning, so you are in the rapid learning stage of your career. Big agency first, then accelerate at a small or at least indy. In-house is not something to do in the first 5 years of your career. Clearly one person's POV here. Good luck with your decision and career.

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Agree. I think we learn more experiencing different kinds of clients and markets. Unless you have a special reason to change - like a bright CD on this place or something.

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Have an honest conversation with your boss (and who’s over seeing the internship program in HR). Saying you have an offer while communicating you would prefer a job at the agency will show them where your priorities are and give them the opportunity to put together an offer for you. I’ve learned transparency is the best way to go in these situations

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More and more Inhouse agencies are killing It. Spotify and the Wonderful Company, just to name a couple. If the Inhouse agency makes solid work, go for it. If the work is God awful, it's up to you.

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Wonderful company is “killing it”?

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Take the offer! I’m not a creative but I’ve made the transition to agency to in house. It’s so much better. Better pay/benefits and it’s better for your mental health tbh lol.

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Talk to your current agency about the offer and if they are not hiring you then take the offer.

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My agency told me they were going to hire me and then didn’t.... Take the in-house offer

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Can’t believe how many people are saying take the offer. As someone who took the offer at VaynerMedia (not even in-house), my career has never recovered. Be where they’re doing the work you want to do. I know money is tight as an intern. But money will come, and you’ll make more of it if you’re a valued player in the big leagues.

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The industry is in terrible shape overall right now. Juniors are no longer in positions to be able to have their pick if where they start.

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Take the offer. Real experience is better than any internship. Even if the internship does offer you a job, afterwards you’ll still feel (and probably be treated) like an intern for a while.

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I’d be transparent with your current employer, to see what are their plans for you there, but make the choice based on where you want your career to go. Research about the other agency, their directors, their vision, stalk some of the team members and their parths... and make the decision thinking on your career more than the money.

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