The worst experience ever? -3日で海外インターン辞めた話-

I recommend that you read the article below first if you haven’t yet.

After 3 days of working for a marketing company, I decided to quit there.

To give context, I will explain about the company a bit;

The marketing company specializes in experiential marketing, being in charge of increasing the sales of client companies/organizations by interacting with their customers.

“Experiential marketing, also called ‘engagement marketing’, is a marketing strategy that invites an audience to interact with a business in a real-world situation. Using participatory, hands-on, and tangible branding material, the business can show its customers not just what the company offers, but what it stands for.”

I expected my work to communicate with random people in the pop-up event, introducing client’s services to raise their awareness and impact.

However, I found what they actually do is ask people to donate on the street.

They represent a non-profit organization which is one of their clients. They aim to increase clients’ profit by making random people donate.

The salary was fully based on performance, which was 35% of the donation.

I’m not saying that asking for donations is a bad thing. The problem is how they do it.

First of all, they don’t clarify their purpose in the first place. They say to the customer, “We are here to raise awareness of our work”. As a result, I saw some customers get confused as soon as they realized they were about to donate.

They taught me many tactics to make people donate;

Keep talking and being urgent so people will not have time to think/say “No”.

Nod when you want people to say “Yes”.

I couldn’t get why we need tricks for charity.

It’s just taking advantage of people’s conscience.

They even tell a lie to the customer. When people donate, they say “The last person donated $350.” to ask for more money.

Even if the donation would help people, I didn’t feel like I was doing the right thing.

Even though I do understand their work contributes to their clients, I couldn’t stand such unethical work.

However, it was not easy for me to just quit because they gave me values, too.

All of my coworkers were very ambitious and capable, which motivated me a lot.

Their training in convincing people should have given me powerful skills in the sales field.

I do value personal growth, so it was hard for me to abandon the chance of my development.

Also, if I quit, I need to start job hunting all over again. I put all my effort and time into job hunting this time, which was highly energy-consuming.

I couldn’t decide alone, so I shared this problem with some of my significant others.

One of them said to me, “You are calling me because you want to quit.”

Then I realized that I was asking them because I wanted them to justify my decision.

When you quit something, you feel bad because you feel like you are running away from what you don’t want to do. (unless you quit because of force majure)

It’s clear what you’ll lose by quitting, but it’s not clear what you’ll get instead. You feel anxious because you don’t know the future.

However, quitting something is not always a bad thing. It allows you to start something new and get other experiences with new people.

I decided to quit.

I realized that I really wanted it from the bottom of my heart.

I was too focused on growth, underevaluating how it’s important for me to do what I like and enjoy.

Now I lost a job. I still don’t know if my decision was right.

But I don’t regret it at all.

I will do what I think is right.

I will do what I really enjoy.

Even though I was forced to quit after all, I appreciate the whole experience.

It seems like “failure” at face value, but I learned a lot in the process.

If you are afraid of “failure”, I want to tell you;

Every experience counts as long as you learn something.

We can not judge what is failure or success at once.

You learn something through the process and apply it to the next challenge.

It seems just a dot right now, but it’s not. It will all connect and make sense with time.




そもそも私が応募した会社は”Experiential Marketing”といって、製品やサービスを単に宣伝するだけでなく、消費者が直接体験や参加を通じてブランドとの深いつながりを感じることを重視するマーケティング手法に特化した会社でした。







  • 最初から”募金”という目的を名言しない
  • 同情を乞い、Yesと言わせたい質問をするときは頷きながら質問する
  • 沈黙をつくらず話し続ける。そうすることでNoと考えさせる/言わせる隙を与えない。
  • よりたくさん募金が取れるように、前の人はこんなに募金したよと嘘をつく。

























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