Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016
This is a tough one, and something I can provide advice on, but advice largely based on my own experiences and preferences. In the end, you’ll need to determine what is more important based on those things for you, something I’m not privy to in the context of this post. I would also say that the decision on this should also take into consideration your career tenure. Are you brand new to full time employment and your field and have a bit more of an excuse to still explore using this opportunity? If so, my advice would be to take it. You’ll have plenty of time, trust me…plenty, to pursue more applicable work in line with your career goals after this opportunity, but comparatively less time once you have progressed and find yourself too busy or too attached to make the leap. The beginning of your career is for exploring to find your fit. Just because you went to school for _____ doesn’t mean you have to, or even want to do _____ for the rest of your life. You may take this international opportunity and it may open your eyes to something you didn’t even know you had an interest in. Actually, if it can be arranged, I would stick to the same advice if you are later on in your career as well. Ask yourself, is this something that will open to your eyes to something previously unseen, misunderstood, or that will add to what you do currently. If so, don’t look at it as not being in line with career aspirations, but rather something to enhance it!