Will jumping ship just lead to drowning?
July 2, 2012 3:51 AM Subscribe
Is this job offer an opportunity or a distraction?
posted by socksister to work & money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been working for four years for an organisation I'm not particularly excited about but the pay/benefits/location are excellent and, after 3.5 years of really hard struggle, things are going pretty well. I was promoted to team manager 18 months ago - it was pretty hellish for a while but iterally in the last three month things have come together, I've been able to expand my team to take the pressure off, the project we've worked on for two years has just about finished and I've gone from hating my work to actually taking some pride in what I do. I'm respected within the organisation and have a lot of autonomy, but I am a bit burned out through playing the corporate part for so long. I had planned to leave at the end of this year and take a few months off to finish an unrelated study course and work out what I want to do next (I have a year's worth of living expenses lined up).
However, an application sent during earlier, darker days resulted in an interview invitation a couple of weeks ago. This was to a dream organisation and I previously thought I'd never even get a foot in the door so I went to the interview just for the experience. Turns out they liked me and I got a verbal offer. I'm now terribly torn. The new job is IT project management rather than line management, which I think I'd enjoy but I'm not sure.
The organisation is an internationally renowned institute of art and very highly respected as such (something I've missed in my current post, which is in a legal field), but the the salary is a bit lower, with half the pension contribution of my current post and I would have two weeks less of annual leave. I currently do a lot of creative stuff in my spare time and I'm not sure I'd be able to continue with less leave.
I could learn an awful lot in the new post and I'll be working on exciting and prestigious projects, and I'd be around people who care about the arts the way I do. But I'm really not sure I want to give up what I've worked really, really hard for in my current position in the short term, to spend the next few years working from the ground up again in the new post when I had planned a bit of a sabbatical first.
I've done a detailed analysis of the various pros and cons but it really comes down to whether or not I'll regret missing the opportunity. Can anyone lend perspective?