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Advice on Taking a Demotion Now to Get Ahead Later

Would You Take a Step Down in Your Career to Move Ahead?

The key to getting ahead in your career is simple: take any promotion that comes your way, and keep climbing that ladder. Right? Well, according to some experts, maybe not.

New York Times writer Phyllis Korkki points out in a recent column that the corporate world is changing, and with it, so should our ideas about how to get ahead. Since most career paths today look more like a lattice than a ladder, sometimes you have to take a step backward in order to move forward. To see some situations when it might be wise to take a step down in pay or title in order to get ahead later, read more.

According to career expert Donald Asher, the key to deciding whether a downward move is right for you is to think about where you want to be in five years. If the career path you’re currently on isn’t going to get you there, or if you want to move to a different field, taking a cut in pay or title may be necessary. And of course, as we all know, sometimes you’re just unhappy in your current position and need out, even if that means taking a step down, to preserve your sanity.


Would you ever take a step down in your career to get ahead? Or have you already?

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