I know myself. I know where I am in life. I know what I want right now. And I know how much time I want to invest in my career. Right now, I don’t want to invest 60+ hours a week in my job. So I wouldn’t apply for a position that requires that, no matter how much it paid (unless my family needed me to). There are some people who don’t have anything that requires them to be home every night and, if that’s the case, now is the time to take that position that will allow you to make a ton of money and work super hard all the time.
Honestly, my goal is to eventually leave the traditional office setting, consult and write full time, and speak on the side. So I would never get too deep into my current field because it’s hard to walk away from a six-figure salary once you get it just to hop into a field where you’ll have to rebuild.
Make professional development a priority.