Good day. I have been recruited to interview for a position and I would like advice whether or not this would be a good career move.
Here are the details:
Current Role: I have been in my current role (non-manager) for 2 years during which I have seen many of my peers, 70% of managers, executives replaced due to the inability to hire effectively for our extremely fast paced, performance based culture. I have navigated the waters and performed very well. I have met with the VP of HR and he believes I am ready for management in the right role and believes I will be there in the next year or two (albeit not in my current department/function - where I would like to stay). We only have one US office of where approximately 400 employees reside.
New Opportunity: A fortune 500 company with 40,000 employees in the same industry has contacted me for a role that is very similar. Based on initial conversations, I believe I would be a clear front runner for the position. The salary will be about the same (I am guessing a 2-4% increase.)
Advantages: The new role is appealing because it is 6 miles away from my home as opposed to my current position which is 40 miles away (moving isn't an option for our family). I would save over an hour a day in the car that I would be able to spend with my young kids (who many times go to be before I get home as it is now.) It will also give me more experience with a slightly different aspect of the same role I have now. If I wait for a management role at my current company, I would continue driving 80 miles a day for the next 3+ years at a minimum.
Disadvantages: I would need to start over as rebuilding my credibility as a candidate for management, however, it would likely be much quicker this time. I have yet to see the culture of the prospect company, so it is hard to see how I will fit in.
I am 31 years old - so a little young in my career. I want to set myself up, so that if things change, that I could conceivably perform the role of a consultant if I need to in the long term.
What are some factors I need to consider when deciding in making this move? What thoughts do you have about this move?
Thanks for any insight.