I've received two job offers and am struggling to decide between the two of them. One is a big brand, with the potential to hone my hard skills, while the other is a smaller brand with the potential to develop my softer skills. I'd like to know the advantages and disadvantages of each in terms of career progression and advice on how to make a decision.
The first is with a big brand, within the commercial arm of a leading, well known charitable organisation.
I feel that for future career prospects, this job would seem more impressive on my CV and potentially help open further doors for me down the line.
I also feel the role would give me the opportunity to further hone my technical, hard skills and I'd be working with a team of people who have a lot of experience and knowledge in this skill set to learn from.
However, having worked in a very large organisation, I know that the role would be more restricted in terms of what I can do as I'd be working to established processes and within established ways of working. I feel I'd have less autonomy and would be more of a cog in a very well-oiled machine, as I am in my current role where I've definitely struggled with too much rigidity around sticking to process.
The second is with a smaller organisation and less well-known brand and is much more strategic across the whole organisation rather than just one area of it. Already from my conversations with my potential line manager, I feel much more valued and they seem a lot more excited about me joining the team.
This job is more money and is a permanent contract.
The opportunities here lie more around strategic implementation and leading on this particular area within an organisation.
I would also have more autonomy within this role and opportunities to implement my own processes, ways of working etc.
I think I would enjoy working here more but want to think more strategically about long-term prospects and having an impressive resume.
My question boils down to: How can I make a decision on which job to take?