Way too early for a promotion? - Advice
Been at a F500 since April, working in corporate strategy. Reporting to a director who has significant clout within the company. Director is a bit of an ahole to work for, but has been giving me an increasingly bigger leash as I've tried my hardest to follow all the advice regarding work performance on this site from Day 1.
In fact just this week, I presented a new strategy idea to first a set of directors -- had great feedback -- then just today to a few directors from some of our offices in other countries and a couple VPs. Director is hoping the VP convinces COO to invite us to a board meeting, in which I'd present to execs. A friend of mine who's an intern mentioned that people were talking about me in the lunch room and were surprised I was asked to present to VPs so early, with undercurrents of jealousy since I'm much younger than many. Anyways, I know that as long as I don't majorly f up, I'm on the right track for promotion sometime in the next 2/3 years.
However, this morning, another director contacted me and asked me to apply for an internal posting he's just posted. It's a project manager position & while he doesn't guarantee I'll get it, he told me he really wants me to apply and would love to have me on his team. There's a five year experience requirement but he told me he can use my past internships & projects & credentials (I have a technical management degree in addition to an engineering & econ degree) to make up for that.
Company rules are that your direct boss (which would be my director) must be told prior if you mean to apply to another position. Since the director who told me about the PM position doesn't wanna incur my current director's wrath, he asked me not to say he encouraged me to apply.
What do? I'm torn. PM position would be more money, a great promotion, the specific project/task I'd be hired for is interesting etc...However, I know me leaving would be a big loss to my current boss, I know I'm her "star" employee, she's starting to trust me more and more, I've only been at the company (and out of school) for around 3 months, am not guaranteed the PM job and having her as an enemy would be a bad idea. Any advice welcome
UPDATE: Turned the job down. Thanked startup director for his offer but refused.
Anyways I was presenting a new deck to boss today, I put in a lot of time on it and she was impressed. She buttered me up heavily & asked to take the lead on a couple other initiatives -- then casually told me that I'll be taking on additional responsibility by being the strategy guy assigned to start-ups. Instead of working as a project manager FOR the new start-up incubator, I'll be crafting, alongside with the incubator director, ways to integrate the start-ups into our companies, helping with valuation, endeavors to take etc etc -- this is too coincidental to be an accident imo, but I'm pumped