Dave Barton: 'I needed focus'

Dave Barton, Account manager, Renegade Media

Dave Barton
Dave Barton

In August 2009, I was made redundant from a hellish PR role with an agency in Bath. It was only a matter of time before I would have jacked the job in anyway but, with my wife nine months pregnant, I could not afford to be out of work. Reasons cited were the 'economic climate', but the truth was the relationship between myself and the management was never going to work.

Two months of freelancing followed, which allowed me to be available for my son's arrival and keep our heads above water. At the start of October last year, I got a job with a small agency in Swindon, but after only four weeks I was let go.

Although I knew it was no fault of my own - a new business deal the agency had pinned its hopes on fell apart at the last minute - I did wonder whether I was truly a victim of the economic crisis or whether there was something wrong with me. Two hits in a row made me question whether PR was really the career for me.

However, becoming a father helped me focus on what I needed to do, so I took a job at Renegade Media, an agency for which I had done some freelance work, at the start of 2010.

Ten months on, I consider it the best decision I could have made.

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