Assuming the worst, I went for interviews and had an offer — but not in the city where I have my small family. So when my old boss (himself a generous, if eccentric engineer trying to retire) offered me a gig making use of my fading EE skills, I accepted. Recently, he caught me by surprise — saying his small (< 10) business servicing the energy sector would do better if I represented it.
What does Slashdot think of jumping way outside your comfort zone by considering such a drastic (premature for late 20s?) career jump? His rationale is, "if I can do it, you can too". And what of research software vs industrial/EE?"