One of the things I often struggle with is whether or not I want to move on in my career. By that I mean changing jobs. I struggle with this for one reason I love my job. At the same time I also want a higher salary. The standard percent increase in pay each year does not really cut it. I want a large jump. I want to be up in the Facebook employee salary with $150,000 a year salary and stock options to almost match your salary. I want to be able to buy a house and not have to think twice about it.
I struggle constantly. I never know what I want to do. I still have a lot to learn. There are lot's of things I don't know that I want to know. As I was promoted each year to a new position it allowed me to take on more responsibility I love the challenge of something new. If I don't know how to do something I make an effort to learn it. I spend tens of hours each month learning via courses on top of the day to day learning that happens on the job. I put in time and effort so that I can contribute value to the company.
Being promoted is great even if the money might not match the responsibilities. Being able to take part in different roles is one of the best tools for learning. Learning not only the technical pieces but how to manage and grow my soft skills. Of course I also like playing with the more complex shinny objects as I get promoted.
I started off as a network engineer and moved up the ladder to an Infrastructure Architect in ~3 years. All the learning and time I put in to add value payed off. I am trusted to make more mission critical decisions now than I ever was before. Some people still think my age means I am not as experienced but I quickly show them they are wrong. Not in a rude way but by driving the direction of the ever growing list of projects.
As much as I want that $150,000 salary and the stock options I like the stability of the job I am in and the challenges that are constantly thrown at me. I would also prefer not to ride into NYC each morning. The train ride is a few hours and that just adds a ton of time per day I am not home or with family.
Has anyone ever been in my position?