Would you Consider a Lateral Career Move?

Lateral career move

Making a lateral (or sideways) career move can be a polarising subject. For some, the thought of transitioning to a new role at a similar level to your current position is strategically viable; to others, it’s professional suicide. 

But don’t knock it, until you’ve weighed up the pro’s and cons. We’re seeing a surge in interest around lateral moves with more professionals citing growth, culture and flexibility as key drivers for making a sideways change. 

Why would you make a lateral move? 

There’s no doubt about it, the current market is not enjoying the oversupply of opportunities available a year ago. While some decide to hunker down and stay put in periods of uncertainty, others are adopting a more strategic approach to improve their long-term career prospects. 

Here are the main drivers we see: 

  1. Enhancing Skills and Knowledge: A side move can provide an opportunity to learn new skills or gain expertise in a different area of your field. This can make you a more well-rounded and versatile professional. 
  2. Career Growth: Sometimes, a lateral move is a stepping stone to vertical advancement in the future. It can demonstrate your adaptability and willingness to take on new challenges, which may lead to promotions down the line. 
  3. Work-Life Balance: If your current role is demanding and affecting your work-life balance negatively, a lateral move to a role with similar responsibilities but better work-life balance can lead to a more sustainable and fulfilling career. 
  4. Company Culture: If you love your current company’s culture but are seeking a different role, a lateral move within the same organization can allow you to maintain that cultural fit. 
  5. Change of Environment: Issues with your current boss or coworkers can impact job satisfaction. Moving laterally to a different environment can offer a fresh start allowing you to reconnect with the role at hand. 
  6. Transition to a New Industry: If you’re looking to change industries, a side move might be necessary to enter a new field at a similar level until you gain relevant experience. 

Lateral Career Move

Our Top Tips For Making a Lateral Career Move 

If you are  considering a sideways move, we recommend doing the following first: 

  1. Seek Advice – Talk to a trusted advisor, your recruiter, mentor or supervisor.  Explain your motivations and seek their honest perspective. 
  2. Be clear about your Drivers – Delve into the details!  

What do you want out of a lateral move?

Are you upskilling, changing industry or building a stronger career path? Be clear about how such a move aligns with your long-term strategy! 

     3. Set Goals – Determine what you want to get out of a lateral career change. Write down your necessary requirements and areas for development.  Set timelines       and keep yourself accountable. 

If you would like to talk to one of our experienced team about your next move, call +61 2 9236 4500 or email nsw@genesisit.com.au