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I’m in my early 70s. Hanging on to a pretty easy creative job. Any thoughts on where and what to do next?

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I taught college kids in my 30s it was fun but low paying and mentally draining. Not something I want to do again necessarily just because I’m old and wise. I suggest freelancing and perhaps target struggling agencies with your speciality, or new biz, and look locally, rent a storefront and hang a sign. Be innovative to and explore it. Or just be ok with your comfy position now. Maybe add you taking classes, most universities offer free classes and tuition for seniors, good to keep your brain sharpened.

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I’m 67, I retired three years ago. I’ve had to curb my lifestyle significantly, but I now live in a small coastal town, I do a lot of yoga, swim, hike till my knees can’t take any more. We buy fresh produce every day and cook it. I’m reading all the books I’d meant to read - and there are a butt load - I’m learning a new language, was travelling a lot before the pandemic. We grow our own weed and smoke moderate amounts, we buy wrecked properties , fix them up and flip them. I’m bored for about an hour each day, but I wish I’d done this twenty years ago. It is so much more fulfilling than spending 10 hours a day figuring out how to get people to buy shit they really do not need.

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Ahhh, thanks for the blueprint. Hope to see you in a few years!

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Congrats! Try to retire if you can.

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Write a memoir about surviving to 70 as an advertising creative. Detail each decade.

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This post is actually somewhat inspiring. Congrats on having the drive to want to do something with your job. I'm in my thirties and feel like I'm already losing it 🤣

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I’m in my 50’s. On the side, I just started teaching evenings. I conduct workshops. I’ve always proposed talks at conferences and now I’m getting paid invites. I find this keeps me sharp and an engaged audience always recharges my creative batteries.

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Thanks for responses. I would not want to mentor since I have become increasingly cynical about the industry. Holding companies have changed everything. Working on digital is not very exciting. And the overall level of creativity has decreased decade after decade. So if any mentee wants to hear that, I would tell them to find a new industry.

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Yeah, we hear it a lot. You can say other things too. :)

At 64, and with a fine art background, I took the opportunity to take a job as executive director of an art gallery & cultural center. My background as an art director for 40 years Gives me marketing perspective, but I love the challenge of a new job that is for an NFP. Less money, but seriously so much more fulfilling!

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Worked at gallery that sold art and felt too car salesman like. Would certainly prefer np.

Becoming a mentor and being a guest speaker at college classes are great ways to give back and stay busy.

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Is there anything you’re passionate about outside of your day job? My dad is in a similar boat where he can retire but wants to continue doing something so he’s signed up to be a mentor for MBA students to keep him busy/meeting people. Anything like that that might make sense for you?

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How can you give back? Be a mentor/or use your creativity to help other humans or the planet ?

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I mentor. I have a mentee that’s a copywriter intern and another that’s a UX design intern this summer. Commitment is about 1 hr/weekly. Been doing it for 10 yrs now. Check with 4A’s on opportunities.

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Chapeau, my friend.

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Try becoming a jr again

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Victory lap

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I’m 64 and about ready to call it quits. The more I think about retirement, the more I realize I want my next whatever to be anything but advertising. I’ve been doing this since age 22 and I need to learn something completely different.

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A friend of mine (not in our industry) came up with his second act before landing his first job. He is ready to work, volunteer etc for the red cross to help with blood drives as soon as he can. It is finding a passion, something that's important to you. You might be able to even use your creative talent.

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Congrats OP!!What was it like making it to the top of the pyramid with a job intact? A constant fear of mine is not having a place in an agency in another few decades. Especially since I have no desire for senior leadership/c-suite.

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You are actually safer than making up to c-suite level. Keep your salary in a reasonable range and keep producing should allow you a long career.

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Skateboarding

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Would be awesome

Retire and enjoy life, family, and Mother Nature

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Maybe teach the youth everything you know. Pass on the incredible knowledge you’ve attained over your career/life. Or start your own local boutique and just take on clients you would enjoy or need the help.

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If you post this over in the over 40 bowl, people will love. Esp your point that the gig is easy—seems like we do get more proficient with time on track, no?

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FIL was a big shot CMO and transitioned to boards and advisory roles (more from an entrepreneurial/biz dev angle for new companies in the sector of his expertise) for his first leg of “retirement but not actually”

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Retire! there’s a whole world out there, get some!

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Keep working as long as you have the fire in your belly when a good brief presents itself. I’m a 51 year-old CD with plenty of awards, big agencies and famous accounts under my belt, and I still feel like I’m just getting started. Also, find a teaching gig on the side or as your new hustle. You have a lot to give if you choose to share your incredible tenure and insights that come with it.

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