So, I started a job in lockdown. During that time I spoke to management about BLM and racism in the industry. I’m POC. They were open and positive about it. Last week my CD said that though he’s really happy with my work, I‘ll be let go after my trial period because the agency is not doing well financially. Which is true. But I also notice that after I’m gone, the creative dept will be only white and mostly male. Not intentional...right? (interns are gone too, one being the only Black creative)

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That sucks, so sorry!
How long before the end of your trial period? Could you help them win a pitch or sell a campaign before that? Are they at least going to recommend you to an other agency?

Unfortunately it’s not surprising considering the makeup of industry leadership and the tendencies around justification for “cultural fit.” It’s hard to tell if it was intentional but the optics aren’t great for sure. I wouldn’t obsess too much over it and I’d channel your energy into what’s next as opposed to what might or might not have been with this place. It’s just 1 place and there will be multiple in your career.

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