not very hard to come to the assumption that by taking a lower-level job, you
are stopping your career dead in its tracks. But you really need to know that
this is not the case and there is actually a lot you can gain from making such
in your career you need to take a step back before you can take a step
forwards, and with that there are a number of reasons why taking a lower
position makes sense.
large portion of the people changing careers will be faced with the need to
start at the beginning as an entry level worker. If you’re making a massive
career change, like going from nursing to accounting, you need to know that
opportunity will not just hit you in the face. Instead you will need to develop
your skills and knowledge in order to climb to the top.
course having transferable skills will aid you in gaining an above entry level
Field of practice changers
are a lot of people who decided they will stay in their profession, but direct
their attention to another internal field, for example starting your career by
writing for a business newspaper, but deciding to switch to a lifestyle
magazine. However this is not always possible or easy because you still need
the suitable knowledge. The approaches taken within your profession may
actually be different between two fields.
job changer is someone who wants to change the type of company they work for as
every type of organisation is different, from non-profit, to corporate, to
agency, to in-house.
even if you take a lower position, the responsibilities could vary widely
depending on where you are.
For example, you might go from an agency to an in-house
lower-level job. Technically you’re starting in a lower position, but you will
likely end up with skills and experiences far more advanced than what you
The (Extended) Unemployed Candidate
to a somewhat difficult economy there are now a large number of unemployed
people floating around, who are educated and qualified for a number of
positions. You’re wondering why these people have yet to find work, it’s simply
because there are more qualified people than there are job vacancies.
case you may find yourself making the decision to take a lower-level position
in order to:
Bring home a paycheck
Keep yourself relevant (if you’ve been unemployed
for a long time it creates a setback as your skills and knowledge may no longer
be relevant to your chosen market).
Help yourself find a better job later on (employers
tend to prefer people who are already employed).
of your situation there are some important questions that you should be asking
yourself in order to help yourself decide whether or not taking a lower-level
position is right for you.
Does this job fit into my long-term goal? Will it
get me where I want to be later on?
If I take this position, will I be able to explain
to a new potential employer how my experience has helped me to grow and become
prepared for this new position?
Do I think that I can perform in such a way in this
role that I can realistically advance within this company?
Will I be happy in this position? A lot of people
spend a lot of time working so it is important to be happy doing it.
answer to a lot of those questions was yes, then making the decision to take a
lower level position can be a very rational move that will help you build your
after taking this position to need to keep in your mind the reasons why you
took it. Try not to forget that this is supposed to be a long-term career plan,
not a short one.