Ok, not really a rant. And not really a total career change. Current position - Sr. Manager of an IT group that builds/maintains a back-office financial system. New position (same organization) - Sr. Enterprise Architect One is on the manager track. The other is an individual contributor. Current position pros - the team pretty much runs itself until there are issues. And then I am on the hot seat (ok that's a con). Current position cons - sort of a dead-end in terms of career growth. Not much opportunity for promotion. Many layers in the org and I am not as high up as I'd like to be on the org chart. New position pros - Slight salary increase. Working directly for VP. Can negotiate lots of training to get certifications (that actually do have meaning in the job market if I ever leave). No directly responsibility for anything. Cons - it's not a management position. I haven't been an individual contributor for a long time. Something about it seems like a demotion. So what better place to ask for career advice than from a bunch of strangers (well, I have met a few of you) on the internet. Anybody made the jump from management back to individual contributor land? Pros/cons? This is a bigger decision than whether or not to upgrade from foreflight pro plus to performance plus... (I upgraded, btw).