My first order priority is to ship great projects and have a strong narrative behind them, one that can help in future interviews when switching companies. Does it make sense to also pursue promotion (a move to Staff in my case) as a core goal? I know that this promotion can take a while, and I've been told Etsy falls under this bucket as well.
It varies from company to company, but I do think Etsy is a very solid shop so my answer is yes. I share a lot of my thoughts around how promotion is underrated in this video.
In terms of how it helps tactically: