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Pros & Cons of a Marketing Job

At least you've sold your soul for a decent salary, right?

Whyyy, whhyyyy am I doing this, God? Help me escape this pointless world of corporate bullshit. I can't say another nice thing about that can of soda, I'm an artissst! Oooooh! Money! Yay! Mmmmmm, that can looks good...

If you work in advertising or marketing, you'll be familiar with these:

PRO

Free food.

CON

You got to Tweet before you eat.

PRO

You get to experience a lot of new things before anyone else.

CON

People never believe you when you say you like something because they think it's one of your clients. Friends will also incessantly call you a sell out, man.

PRO

You become hyper aware to any sort of bullshit whether it be from other companies marketing strategies or people talking shit.

CON

You've basically sold your soul to corporations to captalise on ad infinitum, only adding more 1s and 0s to the matrix we live in.

PRO

Having to constantly come up with new campaigns for new clients, some of which are competitors, trains your brain to be constantly creative.

CON

You sometimes get brainwashed by your own marketing and find yourself defending the brand or using it when you never did before.

PRO

Money rules the world and no matter how much of a forward thinking hippy you are, companies will ALWAYS need to promote themselves, so as long as you've got a job in marketing, you'll always have a job in marketing.

CON

Usually people who work in marketing have some sort of artistic talent whether it be graphic design, music, writing or film, you may think you can balance the two but with the long hours and constant pressure you can pretty much say goodbye to those dreams.

PRO

Clients are never right and generally speaking they have no fucking idea what they want or what they're talking about. So you can come up with some utterly crap low grade campaign or artwork with no effort and they will absolutely LOVE it.

CON

You will spend days and weeks coming up with the most ingenious of campaigns, original imagery, puns, double entendres, engaging and relevant content and they just won't 'get it'. Usually results in long worn out passive aggressive e-mail correspondence.

PRO

The money is good. Whether your a social media manager or an account director or creative director, that hefty paycheck at the end of the month fills the gap in your soulless heart.

CON

However, payments from clients in marketing usually come late, or months after an activation or not at all, meaning the company is usually struggling with the cash flow to fork up the pay roll.

PRO

You know how to market yourself and make a personal brand.

CON

Most of the time branding campaigns revolve around a happy, everything is awesome attitude so you end up branding yourself as a bit of a robot.