Lateral Career Change – Thoughts?

posted 2 weeks ago in Career
Post # 2
125 posts
Blushing bee

I took a lateral move at a different company for less money in a completely different department to learn a new skill. 

It has been a hard transition. I went from being the expert of our department to being the newbie who had a lot to learn. However, it has without a doubt has made me a more desirable candidate for future roles and will help me tremendously when I look for a new job this summer. Sometimes I still doubt my decision. I would have had  more work life balance, more money, and probably a higher title by now if I’d stayed doing what I was doing but I would have hit a ceiling eventually without acquiring these new skills.

My only advice is 1) Try to negotiate for a salary bump. Even if they initially say no, they can make it happen if they want you enough. Focus on the value you bring to the team. 2) If you do decide to take the role, make sure that it aligns with your future career goals. 

Good luck with your decision!

Post # 3
187 posts
Blushing bee

Nabrani0915 :  I am all for lateral moves for the sake of my own sanity. I’ve made several lateral moves career wise, and while it does sting a bit at the time, my situation has always landed me in an advantageous position.

While it may be lateral now, what do the possibilities for promotion look like at your new job? Will you get a salary bump after x amount of time with the company? Or with performance reviews?

These are all things to keep in mind. It also may be lateral in the sense of monetary value, it sounds like it’s a step in the right direction in terms of position, team and your sanity. Don’t over think it, you took the new position for a reason, and I bet in the long run the benefits outweigh whatever lateral step you’re currently taking.

Post # 4
449 posts
Helper bee

I actually took a step down in career rank for less pay but better work/life balance and a better work environment. 

Your happiness and sanity matter too. If you like this job better, dont feel bad about it. But also consider you may be able to move up in this new area that you like better too 🙂

Post # 5
2028 posts
Buzzing bee

I took a step down in salary for a much better environment and work/life balance. 100% worth it. I did negotiate more vacation – the new company only offered 1 week (!!!) and I got 3.

eta: The job was also a step down in title.

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