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No creative partner; should I go elsewhere?


I have been working as a copywriter for two years. For the past six months I have been at a company where I am responsible for the writing as well as design (I’m also strong in design) and overall advertising campaigns. It’s a great position but my collaboration in projects is slim. I miss having a team that I can bounce creative ideas off of. I recently was contacted for a job opening at a marketing agency for a copywriting role. Do you think there’s any harm in checking it out? Is 6 months too soon to leave a company? What do you think is the best path to take?
Thanks to you both for your help.

intro No creative partner; should I go elsewhere?There’s never any down side to checking out opportunities. Generally speaking we advise people to hang in for a year minimum in a job to avoid scaring CD’s—they fear people who are quick to jump ship when they’re hiring. But your position sounds like it can’t be that great without any creative partnership. If you get a better offer, you can do the honorable thing and talk with your boss about the prospects of the situation changing at your current job. If no partnership is in the offing, talk through your reticence to work in this kind of void and your fears it can’t be the best environment for growth. Hear them out on how they see your future and from there, go with the best scenario. As far as we’re concerned, the vast majority of people need a partner of some description to do their best. We hate to say leave after only 6 months, but suspect it might be the right thing to do. One last thought—if you walked into this knowing up front you would be working solo with no partner expected to materialize, we’d modify our advice to say best to put in a year; your employer didn’t try to mislead you in that case and you accepted that you would work this way. In which case, now you know. Solo sucks.

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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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