Here's the scenario. I've been working in an office position for the last 3 years and really hate my job. I don't hate it because it's a 9-5 behind a desk thing, I just don't like the environment/company. It's pretty much a dead end position.
I recently had a very promising set of interviews with a big financial company for an entry level position and I'm quite optimistic about it. It would be office/customer service work and the environment is very appealing compared to my current job. The only negative is I would be taking a pay cut of about $5k a year. I make a modest salary as it is, so it would be an adjustment. My fiance just finished nursing school and will be working full-time so in the big picture, we can afford it.
Well here's the twist. Last night a friend of mine told me he's looking for about 5 guys in his department on a maintenance crew at a large factory. It's a secure position with the same hours (more flexibility), great benefits, and it would actually be an increase in salary from where I'm at now.
I used to work in positions that were hands on in the past and I did enjoy them. There's about a $600 a month difference between both opportunities and the maintenance position would offer overtime and a higher expectation for salary increases over the next 3 years. Basically it's good money.
My concern is this, it's a complete 180 degree turn in career paths. Should I end up not liking it after a few years, then I may have screwed myself as far as getting back into an office environment. I'm in HR right now and do a lot of hiring and know what that would look like to potential employers if I were to ever want to get back into the field. It would be a huge hurdle.
I feel like I have a very big decision to make and I wonder if anyone else here has made a decision to leave the corporate/office environment for something more hands on. Were you happy with the move, do you have regrets?
Any feedback or comments would be appreciated.