Don't Climb the Ladder...Move Around the "Lattice"

Smart, accomplished women are no longer talking about “climbing the ladder”. For years climbing the ladder—taking on jobs of increasing responsibility in a linear sequence—was considered the path to success for all employees, and women bought into that corporate requirement. Now more and more companies are recognizing that it’s OK to move up, down and across a “lattice”—alternating periods of climbing with slower periods through all of life’s ages and stages. Careers do not always follow a linear progression—and in fact lateral moves can be just as important for career development. Women@Work has always said, “focus on next”. Just think about your next move without agonizing over whether it’s the absolutely perfect move for the rest of your life. There are lots of positive directions on the career lattice.