Flipping my job from one field to another - again
June 2, 2014 4:27 PM Subscribe
I may be close to receiving a job offer after my efforts to escape my horror transition into government began to pay off rather more quickly than I thought they would. Now I feel really uncertain about another career pivot so soon after the last one. Should I consider flipping again into another completely different area?
I changed jobs last year, moving from civil society to a government job somewhat related to my previous work. The change to government was quite trying and I started to put out feelers for other opportunities.
I now have a very strong lead for a job in Large Technology Corporation. I was referred through a friend and it appears to be moving very quickly towards an offer. This role draws on my transferable generalist skills, but is working on a very large corporate program that is very different to anything I have ever worked on - I am definitely a non-traditional candidate for this role. My friend thinks I would fit in well at the company and would enjoy the culture and has given me clear salary figures which for a permanent role would be a 30% pay increase and for a contractor role would be a 60% pay increase from my current salary. I followed up on the opportunity because I thought it would be quite different experience to add to my resume and I might like working in a more innovative environment and wanted OUT from government.
Somewhat a red herring to this question is that I also have some interesting leads on jobs in my original field, which I would take at a drop of a hat, even at my current salary. While I am well qualified, there will be strong competition that means it may take some time to land one of these jobs, but I believe could get one in the next year.
While all this has been going on, the government job has began to bear fruit since my previous manager left and I am now doing some interesting work which is a good addition to my resume and fits well with future opportunities in either civil society or government. Even though there are still aspects of the job that make me insane, the idea of swapping sectors again so soon and having to go through that transition phase worries me. I also worry how I would explain the corporate job if I tried to go back to my civil society work (which unless I love love love corporate work, is what I would like to do eventually).
A bit about me:
- I am not strongly driven by money. I am managing to pay my small student debt and make extra mortgage payments, while taking international vacations almost every year. A period of earning a higher income would help make me very comfortable, but I am not wanting.
- I have about 15 years of professional experience (just to give you an idea of career stage)
- I have enjoyed my work 'doing good' in the world in terms of public service
- My work, including my current job, has always had an international aspect which is important to me, but the Large Technology Corporation role does not within the role (but being technology, there are opportunities for relocation, not within that company, but within the industry)
- I used to always say I worked to live, but now I accept that work is a big part of my life and identity (changing that might be a different ask.metafilter question!)
- I have quite varied experience and strong generalist skills that mean I have always found new work quickly when I want it
Should I consider taking the Large Technology Corporation role if offered? At a gut level, I feel like I am being tempted by money and getting some corporate experience which I am unlikely to be offered again, that it will challenge my brain but may not satisfy my soul. If I don't want to, how do I politely do so and help my friend maintain face, when my friend has gone out of their way to make this opportunity happen? Is there a way to say to the company 'no, not right now but I'd like to stay in touch and may be interested in the future'? I am about to have another meeting with the company - should I continue this process if I am not sure about taking an offer?
My friend, who is more interested in money and has never really understood why I do the work I do, would suggest I should just take the job and enjoy the money. A former boss who knows me well said 'just negotiate really hard on salary and if they give you a really good offer, just take it for a while and see how it goes, and if they won't give you a really good offer, don't take it'.