I really need some advice on my situation:
I am currently working as a Postdoc in Canada. I recently got a job offer (Scientist III) in a drug company in Poland and I am seriously considering it. There are pros and cons as below:
The key pros is that I will have my skill set expanded: My PhD is about organic light-emitting diode materials design and synthesis. My Postdoc is about design and synthesis of silicone polymers. I will gain experiences in medicinal synthesis via working in the Polish company. As I was doing job search, I found organic synthesis related to drugs is still the major opportunities. Also, I will gain both academic and industry experiences. I think that finally my experiences will be very well-rounded (OLED, silicone polymers, drug synthesis, on both academic and industry settings) that I will be able to find job easily in the future. Do you think my logic here is right???
The key cons is the salary. It is low compared with Western societies like USA, Canada, Germany etc. However, I will be earning 1.6-1.7 times the average salary in that Polish city, Krakow, whose cost of living is ~50% lower than Canada. My theory is that it is the ratio of your salary compared with the average salary in your working city that truly determines your living standard. Do you think I am right???
Finally, I have no intention to stay in Poland for long. It should be three years, then I will move back to Western countries. Do you think this will hurt my career??