Nov 6, 2005
Leaving an ad agency for another is a very weird situation. Sometimes, it can be very good for both your professional and emotional sides – more so of the agency that you are leaving sucks hard balls. You might leave co-workers that you miss and appreciate, but you know that leaving is one of the best choices you have made. Hey, you will see them at the local happy hour, or maybe even at your house playing a nice round of poker. One thing is for sure, you won't miss the bullshit that made itself so visible that it made leaving easy as hell. You just pack your shit and go. No time for goodbyes, people!
But, sometimes there’s that place that you leave physically, but you never leave emotionally. You were happy, even for a while. Your boss had a nice balance of sucking and being a great dude. You could do anything you wanted. Even the CEO pizza sometimes was changed to a nice Sweet and Sour Chicken dinner. You could drink after hours. You laughed and cried long and hard. You learned, you fought. And the best thing of all: you made the greatest friends ever.
Those are the kinds of places you have to leave but really you don’t want to. The difficult choice of staying and being miserable at a place that won't give much anymore or leaving to find another place where maybe, just maybe, you might feel happier and more appreciated. It’s like a love relationship gone sour –you both had to leave so you can be happy, eventually, even if you still love each other. It won’t work, you think. So? You leave. Days pass. Months pass. Years. You won't forget. Hey, you think, we'll always have Paris.
But. But. But!!! Hey you guys out there that won’t leave ‘cause you are having the time of your life: don’t make career choices because you’re working with friends. There are many other important things that happy go lucky places don’t give, like nice raises, big bonuses – or even 2 weeks vacation without a big hussle. Staying can be the greatest error you can make. Don’t become the “institution”; the employee that is famous for working there since day two – and that you know that there is no possible way that that person can win more money or more respect. Hey, the corporate ladder goes as far up as the place allows it.
Anyways. If you have the pleasure of finding a job that rings your bell, enjoy it, because you will outgrow it eventually. But take my word for it – keep in touch. Keep the relationship going. You never know if it comes back with a bunch of flowers, saying I’m sorry.
Posted by Me at 7:29 PM