For those who have successfully made a career pivot into a new field, is it recommended to apply for the equivalent title in the new field (i.e. Senior to Senior) or is it more effective to apply for a title that is a step back from your current role (i.e. Senior to Junior)? I’ve heard arguments supporting either strategy but am interested in hearing about the personal successes that people have had.

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To clarify are you talking about a functional switch.. Like from accounting to marketing? If so it depends, if you've got your eye on a company you really want to work for and you're trying to transition to a new function, it might be best to apply for a similar role you are in now. Once you get hired it will be much easier to transition to a new function. You can ask to get cross trained, talk to people in the new function and get their advice, you can offer to do some extra projects for the new function, etc.

Just keep in mind that when you're making a functional switch, you'll be competing against people who already have direct experience. You'll want to do a gap analysis and figure what skills and experience you're missing. You may need to do some volunteer work, pro Bono work, gets certifications, etc.

I suggest talking to people who are already doing what you want to do in the future.

Hope this helps!

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Hello. I’m actually moving from a Senior Analyst to an Analyst. I was hesitant but I actually listened to this young man in our company how he took a role that wasn’t equivalent because he wanted to learn in that area. Personally I think in this new role my pay (difference due to org) will be more the bonus ladder will decrease by 5% but it’s going to be worth it for me.

This is especially helpful. Thank you.

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