Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been grappling with a decision that I have to make and it’s not an easy one. Basically, I’ve been offered a different position in the company that provides a different type of challenge but is as important as the work I currently do from the companies perspective.
New Role Positives:
1. More Day to Day Stability. It’s more in keeping with that “clock in/clock out” work model. The group is more supportive of work/life balance.
2. The group, as a whole, is more supportive of each other.
3. Some gratification from being able to make a difference.
New Role Negatives:
1. The work itself can be thankless. More often than not I’d be delivering an undesirable message.
2. Opportunity for advancement is not as good.
In my current role, I’m in a high profile role. You’ve probably read about it in the newspaper. It’s that big. It’s constantly changing and because of that, requires constant contact. Even on vacation next week, I’ve got 3 meetings scheduled that I can’t miss.
BUT, I’m playing with the “big boys”. I’m getting a good understanding of the company rather than just a segment of it.
So the question in my mind becomes…is it career or family? If you have been reading my blog, you know that I’m already taking on quite with this demanding job, graduate school, family, blogging/social networking and organizing a charity event for 1100 (Celebrate Fitness, check it out!!). So the idea of adapting to a new role might be more than I can take. Yes, my current role is crazy but it’s a known entity. The other isn’t.
If I’m looking to take the next step, I’m in the right place. That means though that there will be sacrifices.
If I’m looking to be more of a homebody, than I chose the new role. My fear though is that my personality wouldn’t adjust well to the new role. I always want more. And that dissatisfaction at work would effect my home life. See what I mean? I’m torn. I think, in my heart of hearts I know but it’s not the easy answer, but it is consistent with my approach to my career now.
I know this is very vague but I was hoping that writing it down would change my opinion but I’m starting to notice the calm come back and that’s how I know I’m going in the right direction.
Ok. Thanks for listening. Any advice or tips? I’m always looking for new perspectives.