Moving from one department or organization to another means working with new faces and making new contacts, both of which are integral to your career
Reason #7: You are burnt out, and want to revitalize
Changing departments or organizations is a good way to ensure you have new challenges to face, and are once again excited about going to work.
If your department is being downsized, or you don’t perceive it as being high up on the value chain, making a lateral move to another department can increase security.
Reason #9: You want to break out of a stagnant situation
You’re feeling at a dead end, or not quite sure where you want to go from here. Making a lateral move will help you explore new possibilities.
Reason #10: You want more opportunities for advancement
If you have stiff competition in your division and are constantly getting passed up for promotion, moving away from your current environment can provide new opportunity.
Reason #11: You want better benefits
Sometimes making a lateral move from one organization to another can provide you with significantly better benefits, such as health insurance, retirement plans, and employee perks.
Reason #12: You want to better match your values with that of the department or organization
You may not get a fancy title or more money, but having values that align is invaluable when it comes to your motivation and happiness.
Reason #13: You want additional education
Many lateral moves come with training and additional education that only increase your value, both to your current employer as well as to future employers.
Reason #14: You are still searching for your dream job
If you find you don’t love what you do, exploring a lateral move can help you find a job you are passionate about.
Sometimes sideways is the best way
When considering your next career move, don’t discount the lateral move. Just like chess, sometimes sideways is the best move to get you to where you eventually want to go.