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Career Advice - to leave or not to leave?
show user profile  adammichell

I've been offered a job as a kind of creative art director / media production at a sports manufacturer who want to go more commercial.

I think thy went to an agency and got some quotes and they were way out of his budget, so he wants to start his own in house media trying to do it cheaper. (I'm worried once a good foundation has been laid down he'll just scrap me off).

I do have a few worries and just wanted to see what people thought.


18 months at a Creative Agency working on lots of product ads and bits of branding.
Changed to another media production studio working for more high profile clients like Mobil 1, Mclaren, Virgin Racing, BP (Very corporate and not that creative). Now been there around 6 months. Its good experience working with the bigger clients at the place I am at, just not that exciting as I've no real input.

I do want to be in a more creative roll and develop to being art director/ creative director, as well as live somewhere a bit more exciting like London. I am bored as anything up North.

This new job would be a lot more money, more creative freedom, a good challenge but just seems a bit risky. I don't know whether to jump on it or wait maybe another 6 months.

Be nice to hear your views.



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11/17/2011 11:34:23 PM (last edit: 11/17/2011 11:34:23 PM)
show user profile  beezy
hey man, its funny because I was placed in a very similar situation.

I was made "graphics manager" of a small technology company to cut outsourcing costs for 3D material.

I'm now 4 years in and I can add to my resume that I helped save the company over $500K per year in 3D graphics outsourcing alone (these would be still images). I continued by eliminating the need for our marketing dept. to outsource, me and my team create all of the brochures, product sheets, everything. I got a lot of recognition for this. Then I started doing animations which can average $10k per minute if you outsource. The animation I did for marketing was a huge success and led to another promotion. I moved on by learning solidworks and ProE (still a noob) which helped me develop the idea of virtual prototyping for our company, instead of building prototypes, they are starting with these virtual ones (prototypes are very expensive). I did 13 animations in 2011 and 4 prototypes, so again, saved big chunks of money.

That being said, I did have to fight for visibility a little bit. My superiors had no idea how much we were accomplishing because they aren't tech savvy, so I had to document everything, all of the accomplishments, the milestones, the money saved, everything. I would suggest you do the same. As long as you have a good attitude you can turn this into a real opportunity.

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11/17/2011 11:50:07 PM (last edit: 11/18/2011 1:02:31 AM)
show user profile  adammichell
Made me feel a lot better reading that, thank you.
I actually did Product design at uni and had enough of Solidworks then ha, but I do love 3D Printing.

Yeah we charge £10,000 a min at our studio now, so I like your idea of stressing to him how much he would be saving. This is what makes me think I should ask for even more money...but don't really want to take the piss.
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11/18/2011 12:10:23 AM (last edit: 11/18/2011 12:10:23 AM)
show user profile  beezy
Negotiating for more money is your right bro, mention specific dollar amounts and percentages, it's hard to argue with facts.

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11/18/2011 1:05:18 AM (last edit: 11/18/2011 1:05:18 AM)
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