Move to a startup or not?
I’m confused and need some help. I'm 26 years old and landed my first entry level finance position at the end of last year. It’s a Backoffice position and the role itself is very defined, I feel that in the short 8 months I have seen almost every situation the Backoffice department has to deal with and some of it just drives me totally nuts, plus its very repetitive work. Its at a good company and location is great but there isn’t much movement vertically and I hear a lot of people complaining about how this company doesn’t pay as well as others, I feel I’m being underpaid myself at $38k considering the details of the work (trading and managing accounts).
My dilemma is that I did a promising entry level interview at a new startup (only 50 employees) and they should be contacting me by the end of week whether they will move forward or not. This role has many aspects to it; dealing with clients, and internal teams, troubleshooting, making recommendations and creating marketing material.
If the startup replies to me with an offer that is greater than what I am currently earning (mind you I’m only making 38k) would it be smart to leave my secure job to go to a startup? Am I making a bad decision here? I've read lots of articles that are saying going to startups are really good for your career. I know I went to school for Finance and HR but after being in a finance role in a 9-5 environment and seeing other roles in this organization and general online postings I find that I’m not as interested as I was when I was in university and quite frankly I don’t even know what I really want to do as a defined career.
Sorry I know this post is long basically the TLDR post is
Should I leave my entry level (38k salary, good company, defined role, little movement) Backoffice finance processing role and go to a new small startup doing a different more meaningful role, still entry level.