What's the best way to break into strategy from being on the account side?

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Start with volunteering on projects that are more flexible so you can work on them as an extracurricular if you will. It’s not easy, especially since your job can be really demanding with time and client needs, but if you really love strategy it will be worth it!!! You’ll get to learn as you go and more importantly show your teams your abilities, and can eventually ask for a permanent move. That’s how I did it and I thank myself every day for making that move.

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Correction:
How to break into strategy if your Partner won't allow you to work with strategy often because they don't believe in the value 100%... Leave to be account somewhere else and hope to gain exposure?
Just apply for low level strategy positions?

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You should leave to a better shop.

Are you sure you are qualified?

I’d always happy to partner with someone who can contribute.

But to be blunt, as this question gets asked a lot here, most of you aren’t smart enough.

I mean some of you are and make the switch.

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Partner with your strategist. Learn. Get exposure. It’s a pretty easy move. Just be strategic about it

Would honestly love to compare my academic pedigree, intellectual prowess, & experience—as well as my IQ—to The Esteemed Strategy Director 1. FFS. These people sound awful. Are you sure you want to leave Account, where people are not snobbish and terrible? Think hard. I’ve been in several industries now and there’s always a wing telling you that you’re an idiot if you’re not a part of it. It’s so obviously not true and completely ridiculous. Go where you like the work and please do not EVER think that being a “strategy director” at a Super Duper Firm is better than anything you actually want to do. Also, a secret: a lot of firms/practices (esp boutique/specialties) don’t have a separate strategy division. You do it in ACCOUNT. Go forth and be awesome. Rooting for you, OP 💫

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