Bottom line: Does the current economy mean it's a bad time to take a risk? I have a line from a network buddy on a new job in my company. But some people in the company don't think the initiative will/can succeed. My heart says go for it. That little nagging voice says "your boss won't be happy" so there is no going back... :( ...but it's my career and sometimes you need to take chances to break out of the mold.
I'm in a smaller metro and so other opportunities can be hard to come by. In two years, I could move but not right now. So, do I leave a "safe" job (of managing a team developing a product) that I like but don't love? I'm not sure the kind of problems I'm solving and my boss is solving are what I really want to do.
When I heard about this new job, the immediate thought was that I would LOVE that job. But if the economy crashes or it doesn't work, it is more vulnerable. (The new job is working with large customers to help them solve issues, help the company understand their problems, pull together groups and get them to work together, etc.)
My spouse says go for it. A coworker expressed concern that this initiative will fly and could be cut as "nice but not necessary" in a real down turn. Once I make a decision, I never dwell on it with regrets so I won't worry about it. But the "computer geek" in me want to make the "right" decision with all the facts....sigh...it's hard to break from those basic DISC personality traits :( I am a 5-5-5-2 though!