It’s not the days of Mad Men, but apparently people are interested in joining the ad industry. That is the only possible conclusion that I can make from the news, which I read on AdPulp, that the $28,000 – $35,000 starting salary for an associate account executive in advertising is less than the starting salary of someone going into Teach for America or working at the IRS.
Basic supply and demand tells me (if the legions of motivated idiots a lot like my young self) that people want to work in advertising. And they want to work so badly that they will live in virtual penury in Manhattan trying to make something of it.
It took about three years before I doubled my salary and made my way out of the sad paycheck-to-paycheck existence I had.
But I like working in advertising. I like it a lot more than my good friend who is on Wall Street making fuck-off money and living in Connecticut with his girlfriend. Good thing that he makes the money because the 5:45am train into Grand Central every morning would make me start singing crazy songs like the CD at Grey.
I would be rich though.
Something I am patently not going to be on my current track.