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I’m not getting the mentorship I need nor the money I deserve — HELP!


Dear Jancy,
I am a planner at a digital shop and have been at the agency for a little over two years. My role was very small when I started, with no mentorship or guidance. I wasn’t happy and changed things by taking initiative, talked to account/creative folks and immersed myself fully in projects. Some of the work I was part of has been recognized at award shows and has delivered tangible results. Two years in and I am leading strategy for probably the best brands in the world. I do what I think is right and it has been working great, always on brand and truly strategic. My problems? Well, no mentorship, no one to check my work, no one to tell me how to take my work from good to great, coaching etc. I have spoken to my boss a few times but each time its fake promises of support and help, and he knows if I leave things will go south. Secondly, although they changed my title, the money that I make is probably less than an AE yet I do all the heavy lifting and ‘selling’. What is your reco to someone like me?
p.s. I am driven by great work, passion for my craft and people that I work with, all I ask of is mentorship and little appreciation.

intro Im not getting the mentorship I need nor the money I deserve — HELP!It sounds like it’s time for a move. You’re doing a great job, you’ve been proactive about moving your career forward but you have little support in spite of asking for the most basic needs—feedback on your work and mentorship. Your pay hasn’t increased as you’ve evolved, either. (Note, raises come to people who ask for them, with their accomplishments documented to underscore their value. If you’ve assumed that a raise would come based on merit, without asking, take note the world doesn’t usually work the way it should. The old ‘give him a title but no raise’ is common.)

Unfortunately many younger people find that to make real career progress, a move is needed. Even with great results, it’s typical for agencies to keep thinking of their newest as new, not recognizing they are advancing. You’re being taken for granted, and it doesn’t sound like you’re in an environment that’s fertile for your growth. Without feedback and guidance you risk stalling. Check out your options elsewhere. Don’t make a move until an offer comes from a place that can give you the conditions you need; you have the luxury of looking while you’re employed so make it a smart move, not another dead end.

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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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