Why Lateral Moves Are Good for Career Growth

When it comes to moving forward in your career, a lateral move isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Through our Riverpoint Management experiences, however, this type of move can be highly beneficial to long-term success. Here are a few reasons why moving sideways instead of up offers real benefits.

Lateral moves typically involve taking on similar but different responsibilities, which leads to a broader skill set. This makes you a well-rounded team member who is more marketable for future promotions. There’s also something to be said for the job security you create when you add diverse skills to your toolbox.

It’s also essential to stay engaged in your work if you expect to reach long-term career goals. By learning new skills through a lateral move, you avoid getting burned out on your work routine. As your engagement level rises, you get more motivated to continue learning and push toward your next big promotion.

You can also make valuable new contacts when you move sideways into a new role. We know the value of a diverse professional network around Riverpoint Management HQ, including contacts who come from other departments of our own company. The more you spread your connections around, the greater chance you have of moving up the ladder.

These are just a few arguments in favor of accepting lateral career moves. To find out more about our company culture, follow us on https://twitter.com/RiverpointMgmt