Millennial Designers Are Bypassing Agency Life for These 3 Major Reasons

Creatives are finding outlets for their passions elsewhere

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Freelance offers designers the flexibility and creative freedom they desire. Getty Images

Millennials are fleeing traditional agency life with fewer years under their belts than ever before. Data from our global survey of more than 10,000 freelance designers from 42 countries released this week shows that the majority of designers under 30 (52%) are now ditching their agency jobs after just two years. That’s significantly less time than previous generations, where the older the designer is the longer they are likely to have stayed in an agency before going freelance.

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@pamwebber_sf Pamela Webber is chief operations officer at 99designs.
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