just ran the numbers on the class of students i started with at ad school in 2018. I dropped out for a full time job at an agency. So did one art director.
3/6 writers graduated (40% dropout rate).
4/22 art directors graduated (82% dropout rate)
Did this happen to your ad school too or is this some weird covid thing?

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I didn’t go to ad school but this makes sense to me. Unless you’re in a degree program, there is little incentive to stay if you get a full-time offer. The goal for attending these schools is to get that offer, so why would you decline one just to stick around?

To JCW1’s point below, it is expected that some would be weeded out of the industry. Covid probably made things worse.

Not one in my class quit and neither in other quarters. We all graduated, some got a job immediately and then left/got fired/continued/got promoted, some found a job pretty hard, others didn't pursue a career in advertising but did whatever they're good at and a small bunch are just doing some atlas obscura worthy shit.

I also went to Miami Ad School. Some people left during the second year because they got hired early. Other people dropped out of the program and left advertising permanently, probably because they realized during their internships that the industry wasn’t for them. (This was pre-COVID.)

Not many people quit the program during my time but allllllll of us struggled to get jobs post grad (and some still are struggling or work outside of advertising)

Ive been told its like an improv program. A lot of people do the classes, but very few actually get on an improv team because its competitive. I think in my class of 15 maybe two people plus me got job jobs from it.

Right, but even phd programs have like a 40% drop out rate and lord knows not all of them become professors.

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