An on-going blog to create debate and perhaps raise some awkward questions on the seven subjects discussed in Jon Steel’s video.
Topic 5. “Planners should take lots of vacations.”
Wow – I’d love to work for Jon!
Having already done most of South America, Asia, Australia and Europe, I can imagine visiting the all places still on my bucket list: Petra, St Petersburg, Cairo, Jerusalem, Bora Bora, the Galapagos Islands, Mt Rushmore and Alaska.
But is it really practical or realistic, especially for young planners, given the work ethic required to survive in agencies these days? Sure, I get it, having great vacations can help in making you a better account planner with broader horizons, but I wonder if all hiring managers see it in the same way.
Would a young account planning job-seeker risk being eliminated from the short-list of candidates by asking for four weeks’ vacation in order to enjoy a long trip up the Amazon?
And how would you respond as a department head to a young planner asking for four weeks’ vacation when the company policy is just two weeks?
I think I would applaud their cojones for sure, but then perhaps offer the job to another equally qualified candidate – or maybe that is too mean-spirited?
Love to hear what you think – all comments welcome!