How highly should I value my management experience?
May 23, 2011 8:33 AM Subscribe
I have a new job offer with a company that will pay a bit better than I manage now. The new company is likely to be a better working environment as well. However, the new job would be a step down from a manager/supervisor role into more of a coordinator role.
How highly should I esteem my current manager title/responsibilities? Enough to reconsider a move to a role that feels like a better fit in most other ways?
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I'm a manager in charge of supervising a team of several people at a public University. Our funding situation is such that nobody is likely to be eligible for raises or promotions in the near future. In fact, there's the ever looming possibility of lay-offs.
I feel like I don't really have a great aptitude for management - I'd prefer not to supervise folks at all, to be honest, though I've engaged with the role well enough to do a good job of it, but it will never be my preferred task. It felt like the next logical step in my career progression when I took the job, so here I am.
Given the funding situation, I'm not likely to be able to move on to a better prospect within my University in the immediate future, though it's possible that I do have some very long-term prospects left here (at least 7-10 years down the road, probably).
Now my new job offer is a similar type of work (project coordination with some marketing duties) without the management aspect. That actually appeals to me in that I feel that I'd be back to working where I excel. The new organization also offers slightly better pay, and possibly better advancement prospects in the near future (though by no means guaranteed).
However, I pause when I consider that this move could be interpreted as a step down in responsibility. If I take the switch and decide to move on again in 5-10 years, would this issue on my resume be a major red flag? Am I harming my long-term prospects by voluntarily surrendering management duties?