About Finding Happiness at Work – Paul Isakson
“… as much as working for one of the ‘cool agencies’ might sound great, it’s never as good as having a boss who will take you to places you didn’t even know existed.”
Having spent a good amount of time either talking to, or working with, several agencies over the last 18 months and recently taking on a new role, I have a similar point of view.
My recommended approach looks something like the above diagram—which is how I evaluated places to potentially join as I talked to them. The tricky thing here is that you have know yourself pretty well for this to truly work.
In other words, it won’t be easy. You’re going to have to do some deeper thinking and soul searching to determine your purpose and clearly understand what you value and believe.
Or, maybe you know that stuff already. In that case, it won’t be so hard.
As an aside, I think this is what the best recruiters in our industry do for us and for the agencies with whom they are trying to fill roles. But back to the point…
What this really comes down to is the people (at both the agency and the clients)—especially the agency’s leadership and the team(s) that you’ll work with every day. It’s the people that make a job either enjoyable or miserable. That doesn’t change no matter how “cool” the agency or brands you’re working for and/or on.
If you want to be happy in your work life, chose to work with and for great people.