Working in a gallery is not as fancy as you think, No. 1
The moment you start working in a new environment you face different elements. First, if you see yourself surrounded by nice co-workers, you should be thankful. A lot. That doesn’t happen normally.
Secondly, galleries function differently and everything need to be professionally done, every detail. Therefore, if you find yourself working in a gallery with individuals who doesn’t know what they are doing, just don’t do it. In the art market if you place yourself in a bad environment, either as an artist or an employment you can destroy your reputation forever. As an artist, if the gallery does not know what they are doing they can destroy your art market and no other gallery would like to work with you anymore. One notable mistake can devalue your artwork and prices, even if you are the most talented artist. This fact goes for art dealers too.
Art market is a small circle. Everyone knows each other and it’s hard to enter those circles without connection. So when you find yourself the opportunity to be represented by a gallery or being offer a job in a gallery, I know it can be exciting and even tempting, but seriously just don’t do it for the sake of doing it. Don’t think that working in a bad and unprofessional environment is better than not working at all. If that’s how you think you might not find yourself promoted in the future at all.