David Blecken
Apr 15, 2019

"Being made redundant from advertising can be a great opportunity"

Advertising has many merits as a profession, but it also sets people up well for new adventures—if they are bold enough to step into the unknown. Campaign hears from people who have transitioned elsewhere, out of necessity, choice or a combination of the two.

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When Dentsu YR handed James Gallagher a less-than-generous contract to renew his employment, he tore it up on the spot. It wasn’t just that the terms were unsatisfactory. After more than a decade in agencies, the Australian was tired of the business he was in, tired of big city life in Tokyo, and had never quite abandoned an early dream of being a hospitality entrepreneur.

Satisfying as the act of defiance was, the reality...

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