I work as a Privacy professional for a tech company, and I previously worked as a medical ethicist in academia. I made the change because I am very interested in how personal data are used and collected, and how laws are created in response to technology. I chose my current job because I want to be on the front lines of new technology, learning how what we create might impact communities and populations. Regulations, like privacy laws, are often developed in response to technology and new potential uses of our tools. The way that we develop, deploy and manage our technology directly influences how and why these tools might be regulated.
When I evaluate a role or position, I try to ensure there is a balance between how much I can learn and improve, how effective I can be in the role, and what opportunities exist for me to grow.
I accepted my current position because I am learning so much, there is lots of room for growth, and I am extremely good at it. These three things matter more to me than the initial pay, because a position that checks these three boxes sets you up for growth and promotion automatically. Play the long game! It's a great game. Best of luck!