Given the wealth of financial advice I've had on reading this forum, I figured let's change gears for a few minutes and talk about my career.
Here's a little more info about me:
- 34 years old, married, 2 year old son, probably another within the next year
- Own a house and have a $140k mortgage (very manageable under current financial situation)
- Currently employed with a large financial services company (great company and great people)
I'm been with my current company for almost 8 years. For the past 2 years, I've worked as part of a division's marketing team, but I'm more of a project manager on the business side (vs tech side) leading product/functionality implementations. Prior to that I was part of our division's analytics group doing things such as reporting, incentives, data analysis, etc. I started as an analyst and was a manager for a few years before I got my current role.
My old boss in the analytics group is moving onto a new role, so his director position is now open. I'm contemplating applying for it, but here's where it gets muddy.
- Director level job would obviously mean more money since I'm currently a Sr. Manager
- This is an opportunity to be on the "inside" of the leadership team as this job is like a right-hand man to the senior guy in charge.
- I know the workings of the department well as I did or owned many of the functions in my previous roles.
- When I took my current job, my current boss was expecting that I was going to be in marketing for a while as a new career path. If I don't get this job, it might seem bad. I should point out that in no way does the company stunt job movement, and in fact, the company is great about it. It's moreso the relationship between myself and my boss.
- There is currently a Sr. Manager on the team that likely has the inside track on the job as he's been there for 5 years and is responsible for the majority of the team.
- We have a brand new VP/GM in our division starting next week. He was a director here when I first started and left within 7/8 months to take a promotion in the UK. My first impression wasn't that great as he was all talk and no action (prototypical slimy sales guy). He would be my new boss for this director position. I hope he's changed in the past 7 years.
- My career to date, aside from the past 2 years, has always been heavily focused on analytics. While great, it's tough to get out if I decide to do so in the future because my experience in other areas (eg. sales, marketing, etc) would be limited.
As I wrote all of this out, I'm leaning towards staying put as it would likely mean short term gratification with a possible sacrificing of long term experience.
Any of you folks ever in a similar situation?