MrMosby wrote:Alright, so here's the story - I'm an IT consultant and the company I work for specialize in a certain set of technologies and partners very closely with one of the big enterprise software companies. They pay fairly well, I'm in the low 6 figure range - I also rarely work more than 40 hours a week and travel is typically less than 25%. It's a great job and I love it.
The big software partner approached me and wants me to apply for a job in technical pre-sales, because they feel that I'm one of the few potential candidates that has everything they are looking for (and for a lack of better words told me it was mine without actually saying it). If I hit the sales quota with my sales counterpart it would almost double my current salary, and if I missed it, it would still add about $35K to my base salary. The catch is it's about 30-50% travel, and probably more in the neighborhood of 50 or more hours a week.
Now I'm not hurting for money today, but that kind of money would allow me to more quickly pay off my student loans and potentially retire earlier, and pay for kids college. But it will be more stressful and it will take time away from the already limited time I spend with my young kids (1 and 3).
I'm torn it's the perfect role for me, it would really help my long term outlook, and my resume. I also want my kids to remember me spending time with them, because lets be honest as adults we don't remember what our parents bought us but what they did with us.
Anyone have some advice? I'm leaning towards not taking it but I'm not sure.
My advice ... take it and milk it for the next 5 years. Save like crazy. After 5 years quit and take a 40 hr/wk job. At 8 your older one will just about be ready to get some parent time. Until then they really don't care that much.