Whats up chaps? Long time lurker here feeling at a career crossroads. I work for a large multinational in Investor Relations and have been offered a role in the same company in a more senior, though operational, role - specifically, financial director of a country subsidiary. More money, responsibility. However, I would be taking another step away from the markets which was my entry point into Investor Relations. (I previously worked in Investment Consultancy for one of the big names). I have CFA level 2 and would be unlikely to continue with the charter if I take this position.
I see the new role as a bet on the company and my future within the organisation. However , IR is a great gig: lots of travel, interacting with the worlds top investors and the C-suite, with high internal visibility, no targets and a leisurely, academic association with the capital markets without skin in the game. Downside: my options for internal advancement in the function are limited as the dept. is small and boss is a lifer. Also, it can get a bit quiet between quarterly results which gets you thinking. And yet… I will have the option to move to other companies after a few year to get the top job in IR if that is the route i decide to pursue.
Just want to hear some different perspectives on this dilemma if you have the time.