Career Pathways

Type of Move Why Move
Lateral Move
(Moving Across)
To gain new or different skills in a role that is similar in level to current role
To learn another function, product, or part of the organization
Vertical Move
(Moving Up)
To take on more responsibility and scope
To gain greater input and influence on organizational direction or decisions
Job Enrichment
(Growing in Place)
To grow in the current position by expanding one’s skills/capabilities
To focus on improving current performance/competence
Exploration
(Investigating Possibilities)
To explore considering a career/job change when the individual is unsure of what it would take
To learn about other roles and jobs
To understand if a role would meet the individuals values, skills, and interests
Realignment
(Stepping Back)
To change disciplines or professions
To focus more time on personal priorities
To return to a role held in the past