Anyone have any thoughts or experience leaving the toy industry? I've worked on the product design side of the toy biz for around 15 years, thinking about next steps career wise and have a hard time imagining a smooth transition to a different field. Part of the problem is I'm in WNY at Fisher-Price so there are not a whole lot of other toy design opportunities locally and don't want to relocate. Thoughts?
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If relocation is not an option, there aren't many choices for toys in WNY. Spin Master in Toronto is your closest opportunity. If you have built up a good network over your 15 years then maybe freelance is an option. There is life after toys. I was in Engineering and have moved on to another industry. Because it is a different industry I can freelance for toys which is keeping me quite busy and is some nice extra cash.
Between Supply Chain and PI/QE, I had been with Mattel for over 15 years before being laid off last year. I'm out of the toy industry and am happier than I'd been in years.
I was fortunate. I had several months of notice before my last day. I had the opportunity to choose my last day. I was offered a position in another location to stay with Mattel... I didn't take it. I walked out of Mattel on Friday and walked into my new job Monday. I took a healthy severance and got paid out for 4 weeks of vacation.
I'm afraid the toy industry will mostly disappear for all but DIY, infant, and collector toys. I couldn't see myself staying in the toy industry any longer. I now work for a successful company in a growing industry, with job security and a healthy culture. Again, I haven't been happier in a long time.
Best of luck if you decide to leave the toy industry as well!
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First off, good luck in figuring out your next steps!
I think the key thing you mentioned is not wanting to relocate. I’ve know many toy designers that have left FP, and either found opportunities in toy design elsewhere (US/Canada), have moved into industrial design (generally more opportunities), or in a few cases into teaching.
If you don’t want to relocate, I’d suggest taking a serious look at the design jobs available close to you and apply to some; just to get that experience and connect with some different people. You’ll start to see what skills employers are specifically asking for. It can take a while to find the right fit, but if you stick with the search, it will work out...you just have to be patient, but also persistent!
If you really want to stay in toy design and definitely don’t want to relocate...that’s likely going to be a lot more difficult. You could try to get on the radar of other companies as a contractor once you leave the company; it does happen, but it’s really down to who you know.
Anyway, good luck!