However I have few other options other than to continue on in the marketing industry.
This has literally kept me up at night for the past several nights. Basically I am a freelance writer who fell into marketing at about the time the economic downturn in the U.S began. Recently I've begun to reevaluate my life, and I've comes to see that working in marketing conflicts with my values of environmental sustainability, honesty, and embracing simplicity instead of materialism. These are things that are very important to me, yet I'm working in a field meant to basically persuade (and sometimes manipulate) people to buy things. More and more things.
I've tried finding ways around this. For instance I considered that I could take on clients that are environmentally responsible companies, but "green" has become such a trend lately that everyone wants to be seen as ecofriendly. Plus manufacturing anything at all can add to carbon pollution, and I feel guilty for contributing to a problem I'd like to help solve.
I don't have a college degree, so it wouldn't be so simple as to jump into another profession. I'm going back to school to study literature (remember I started out as a well intentioned writer), but in the meantime, can you think of a way I can continue doing my work without feeling like I'm selling my soul?
I realize that this could easily turn into a debate as to whether or not marketing is actually evil
, but my question is a reflection of my own experiences and views (especially after reading the hyperlinked blog post).