If you need money and you don't have another job offer, then take the job! If it doesn't work out, you can quit.
Don't waste time worrying about a "career plan". Ask just about anyone over age 50 these questions:
- Did you have a career plan? - Most will answer no.
- If you had a career plan, did it work out the way you planned? - Most will answer no.
There is nothing stopping you from continuing to look for another job while you're doing this virtual thing.
Yeah, I get what you're saying. The thing is that I recently received an offer from a "conventional" IP boutique that only does patent litigation. I have no interest in being a litigator. My goal is to ultimately end up at a nice IP boutique where I can do good, interesting prosecution work.
The question is which of the two options will help me reach that goal faster: the conventional/litigation firm or the virtual/prosecution firm?
You do not have to be a trial attorney to be involved in patent litigation. Often times, prosectution and litigation involve the same skill set - example: claim analysis (patentability as compared to validity/infringement [generalizing])