I’m in ad school, going to be entering as a junior copywriter at age 30...do recruiters care if you’re older than average? Should I use my age/prior marketing experience to apply higher?

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i don’t think they care. no, you can’t start higher but in my experience older folk get promoted faster because they bring a level of maturity that younger creatives take longer to gain

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Just want to echo what everyone else said - was in the same boat (but 35! 😱)

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Similar experience. I started 6 months ago as a 31 yr old Sr AD after being in a design studio background for my entire career. I’m paid at the top limit for my role and will be up for a promotion pretty soon.

I’m so glad I wasn’t put in at a level higher than I am. Afforded me the opportunity to ask questions and really get to know the process before having responsibilities. Gave me a framework and structure to grow, succeed and excel.

I get so much good feedback from every level and department. It’s because I have a lot of real-life working experience than my peers and while I’m learning the process of agency life, I know how to navigate tough situations and hard conversations - stuff you learn over time from just having any job.

My boss one level up took 3 weeks vacation recently and they gave me the opportunity to step in and take on more senior responsibilities at a time when I am ready.

So I say embrace it! Use it to your advantage and look for opportunities to show-up where you aren’t expected, when you have the chance.

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Agree with everyone. I was in your shoes. Literally, was a 30-year old intern. I did skip being a junior but the situation isn’t unheard of. Use your experience as a tool and it’ll help you move up while teaching/helping others along the way. You bring another perspective and, when applied properly, it helps immensely.

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Yep CW1 ... got it right. I entered at the same age.

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We just hired a 30 yr old jr copywriter and he’s great

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What CW1 said. Your prior work does have value, but you’ll see the dividends in how quickly you’ll rise vs where you’ll start

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This is a relief to hear.

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Just in case you’re coming from a totally different discipline, I had a 35-40ish year old guy intern with me 2 years ago. He was a former English teacher and came in as a copywriting intern. His age, experience, and smarts put him leaps and bounds above even full time employees, not to mention interns. He quickly got an offer and went from intern to SR in about 2 years (which I consider to be a fast path) don’t let your age hold you back and don’t be embarrassed by it! You’re experience in other fields will actually be helpful and your determination will set you above everyone else.

Good luck!!

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