Many career advisors will tell you: if you’re going to make a move within your company, make sure it’s up. But before you swear off lateral moves, consider that they can be useful career builders as they broaden your skills and areas of expertise. In fact, some companies require their high-potentials to make several switches between functional tracks and general management before receiving a promotion.
Next time you want to make a move, don’t be distracted by a better title. Focus on your long-term career goals and consider the skills you need to get there. A lateral move may be the resume enhancer you need.
Adapted from “Job-Hopping to the Top and Other Career Fallacies” by Monika Hamori.