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Is it too soon to consider other opportunities?

Hi Jancy,
I’m six months into my career as a CW working for a digital agency. My salary is laughable and the work isn’t very creative.
I recently received an offer to go work as an in-house Creative for a medium sized tech company.
Do you think moving to client-side this early in my career could be a misstep? Even if the salary is better and it sounds like I’d be able to wear more hats / learn more and grow professionally?

intro Is it too soon to consider other opportunities?At this stage all experience is good experience. You’re bored at your current job; seeing life through a new lens at the tech company would bring new experiences and learning. Having said that, we have one golden rule that we make rare exceptions for: put in a year at any job before moving on. Especially being new to the business, you haven’t given it much of a chance and you may find new perspective with some time. It’s also better for your resume that you put in a respectable amount of time at any job. No one wants to hire someone who appears to bolt when the going gets tough or boring. No jobs in our business come without stretches of badness in its many forms. When you hit that one year mark, if you still feel the same, by all means get out there and investigate other opportunities.

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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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