I guess this is a question quite a few have to ask themselves at some point in their career, but I was wondering as a creatives what would you do? I have always seen going into design as something for love but..
I am currently a junior, earning, well a very junior wage but have been offered a job through people I know that is for a LOT more $$ than I am currently getting. The catch is the job doesn't particularly appeal to me at all. My current role is very dynamic and I have learnt a lot (probably as much as I can here to be honest, I have taken on and experienced multiple design and marketing roles in my current job, they are very flexible being a small company and I get a lot of input into projects). The new role is with a massive company and will be creating annual reports and more corporate type of design. However it would allow me to finally buy into the property market.
Also out of curiosity how long did you stay in your first junior role?
What do you want to do with your career? What skills do you currently have? How long have you been in your current job? Could you not move to a more senior role than junior in another agency (are you working at an agency or internally?) now you've built some experience? What kind of company do you work for now? What kind of work do you want to do long term? How important is moving into the property market for you?
I stayed in my first junior designer job for 12 months before leaving and then moved into a mid-weight position but there is no set rule, it depends what skills you've learnt and what experience you have.
If the job doesn't appeal to you at all, your work (and portfolio) is going to reflect that. Now - if getting into the property market is your key goal, a steady well paying job is going to help you with that BUT remember that over the long term it may hurt your earning capacity as you'll have painted yourself into a corner. If you lack passion for your work you'll be less likely to grow in this job, and that lack of growth will make it harder to move onto anything else.
If you feel that you've outgrown your current job then by all means move on - but remember it doesn't have to be *this* job.
I've historically not earnt much, and that has definitely affected the financial decisions I've made. I've taken safe corporate jobs because they are great for their steady dependency (and at the time, I really needed some of that in my life!) But I've taken what I learnt from all my jobs and finally found a great position for myself that challenges me creatively as well as paying a decent wage. It's not a guaranteed outcome for everyone and it isn't necessarily quick (it took me 10 years) but it's a really worthwhile thing to pitch for if you can.
Thanks for your feedback guys, to be honest I'm not sure if I'll like the job or not I have only touched on corporate design work but it just doesn't 'feel' as though something I would enjoy doing long term. I like the advice of 'painting myself into a corner' that's very true.
I always expected to not take high paying jobs in design and never realized that ones this high paid existed! (unless of course you're a high powered advertising guru or something)
haha "++ ideally your corporate is global and you could get some os connections through it, so you can get some work easier on said travels." wouldn't that be nice.
It does have more benefits, such as more leave time and super (as currently I work for a very small company)
JamesB asked some hard hitting questions, to be honest I really don't know what I want to be or do. At uni I was interested in branding and always thought I'd want to be a shit hot designer and climb the 'ladder' then when I started work I tended to just get the work done and then focus on more creative designs and other hobbies at home.