Looking for advice on picking between 2 job offers for first post grad job! I am looking to follow a career path in digital marketing, hopefully at a content-producing company (streaming, music, magazine, publishing, etc). Options below:
Job 1: permanent, 60k a year, very new (underdeveloped) digital marketing program, small team, not in preferred industry (auto)
Job 2: temp (5 months), 33 an hour, project management on in-app content promotion, within preferred industry, bigger brand name

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If you're not in a rush, I think option 2 would be a promising stepping stone. You'll have a recognizable brand name on your resume that can further boost your prospects after 5 mos.– option 1 is indeed stable but it sounds like you don't really want such job. It's good that you know what you want, it's the start of your career anyway.

I also work in digital marketing. I usually wouldn’t advise hourly over salary, but in this situation I would for a few reasons. 1.) A bigger brand name can take your next set of a prospects to a new level 2.) you sound more enthusiastic about Job 2 and 3.) if Job 1 has an “underdeveloped” digital marketing program, you aren’t going to learn what you need to know at the entry level. This could be as simple as not hearing the right industry lingo or as big as missing out on proper training for your field. Your first job can provide you with mentorship and skills that will set you up for success. Sounds to me like Job 2 is a better stepping stone for your future

Thank you for the responses! Realizing now my wording makes it clear I’m already leaning towards Job 2. Job 1 has a great culture and team, but theyve only been doing digital marketing for 3 years now. I think id have great experience building some programs from scratch - but most established companies wont need this “from scratch” experience, they need optimization.

Job 2 is a project management role but I am interested in what the team is doing, from the content focus to audience development. I’m planning to ask the manager tomorrow what opportunity there is for lateral movement into a more hands-on digital marketing role tomorrow.

I’d go for the second option, since having a big name on your resume at the start of your career really makes a difference.

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