Hi all, I’m in desperate need for advice on this one.
Right now I have a descent NPD job that involves every aspect of product development from pre-BC research, user studies, concept, ID, light engineering, packaging, POS, project management etc. The pay is above average, as is paid vacation. No overtime, very flexible. I don’t dread mondays, this IS my comfort zone.
So suddenly almost out of nowhere I get offered a job in the offshore industry. Think oil rigs, but renewable energy. The pay is more than double that I have now. The job itself is concept development, but not the usual ID problem solving and thinking about the user and brand. Rather “how do we repair/make a crane and ship/install it in 2 days”.
On one hand - how can I pass up this salary? I could climb the ladder my whole career and not reach that point. Or I could make 6-figures USD before I’m 30 y.o. The job itself could be interesting, it’s exciting to work on pioneering technology of this magnitude. But on the other hand - I’m not sure how passionate I would feel about it all once the novelty factor wears off. It sounds exciting to take a helicopter to work, but will it in 6 month?
I’m pretty much decided that it’s an opportunity I cannot pass up, or I will regret it forever. But my question is, do you think it could be beneficial to my ID career when I decide to go back to it, or will it do harm?
I know everyone’s situation and priorities are different, but if you were offered this opportunity - what would you do? Any thoughts are welcome!