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New job not living up to expectations

My partner and I recently moved to a new agency and after a month, we are really unhappy with how things are going.
We’re a mid level team being asked to do grunt work like rewriting brochures. And when we got hired, we were told that we’d be on a TV assignment that the ECDs ended up hoarding for themselves.
What should we do? We feel bad about trying to leave a new job so soon, but we’re worried we won’t be able to grow at this place. Help!

intro New job not living up to expectationsIt’s a bit early to judge, we’re thinking. But be proactive and talk to your boss about your fears that you’re doing work you had progressed past in your last job, and not seeing the tv you went there for. To avoid looking like whiners say you’re prepared to do stuff like the odd brochure copy when there’s a pinch, and you’re not saying you miss the obvious—not all projects are Superbowl spots. You just want to be sure you understand the game plan and to be reassured your original understanding is accurate after this unexpected start. Assuming you get that reassurance, do your best with what you’re assigned and look for evidence you had a first month not typical of most months. If in fact this scenario continues, start looking again after 6 months (and a year would be better—you can get a bad reputation for lack of maturity and commitment if you move too quickly—it scares CDs off).

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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