Dealing with a ‘horizontal’ promotion comes with many takeaways

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Promotions come with more responsibilities as well as perks. But do be careful what those add-ons bring along.
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For a selectively social person, I have become fond of the personal aspect that comes with managing people.

Being in a managerial position was never something that I aspired to or wanted to get. My main focus was always to be left to my own devices – as I do what I am actually good at, and to obviously be paid for it. In my case, this would have been horizontal promotions that would add a grandiose word next to ‘economist’ in order to reflect seniority, with the word ‘chief’ being the ultimate goal in most institutions.

This can only happen, however, if the career cycle in the institution allows for horizontal specialisation and growth, and not just a vertical one.

Since only the latter was available, I …

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