How do you know if/when it's time to switch careers?
My current job has a solid progression to make more money, but it takes years to get there. I make about $70k right now. As a data engineer/analyst. Primarily work on the engineering side, but I went to school for analytics. I never saw myself doing the engineering role, but when I first took it, it was a great start to my career.

I was offered a new position mainly in management in a completely different industry for $100k and bonuses.

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Personally - being so young and not at the job for long I wouldn't really worry about a careers switch. Being young and early in a career you're really diversifying yourself and testing the waters. You can always take what you learn in management and bring it back to engineering by being an engineering manager or similar title down the road.

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I would take the new role especially at your age. Management experience that early on will benefit you in the long run and a 30k+ raise will as well especially if you have loans to pay off. Don’t let yourself get comfortable at a company just because it’s what you are already used to especially if you’ve been there for 1.5 years already.

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Down the line the money will be better in data engineering if you like it and get good at it

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you can make lateral moves if your job isn't exciting you. For example I moved from development to DevOps halfway through my career

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Don’t worry, you have another ~40 years of work ahead of you. Plenty of time to move around and try out different industries 😁

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By the way, I am 23. This is my first job, and have been here for about a year and a half

Thank you all for the input. Thankfully this offer will stand for 5-7 months so I have time to figure it out. The good thing is that I am young, and can continue education to get back into my current career if I chose, and can bring those management skills along with it.

I definitely want to keep some sort of technical skills no matter what. At this point either decision seems like a good one. I hope to try my hand at getting an offer in the data engineering realm to compare, hopefully at least

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