At some point in your career, most of you will face the age-old dilemma of making a cross-functional move. It may be at the suggestion of your boss or mentor, which certainly warrants your consideration. Or, you might just find yourself bored and feel you need a change. Before making a move, you may want to consider the following.

Reasons. Are you doing this as part of an over-arching career plan? Will this give you skills that you need in the position you seek? How do you know? Have you discussed this with a trusted advisor or a person who actually understands the skills and capabilities needed today and in the future for the position you aspire to achieve? If you don't know how this fits into your career development plan and priorities, I'd recommend taking the time to put one together first.

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