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Asked by Tanya on April 15, 2018

If I am thinking of transferring internally within my company, should I try to keep that fact secret from my immediate supervisors or can I be open about it?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on April 16, 2018

Hello! Often times people want to switch departments within the same company, and most of the time that's a great thing. It gives you exposure to a different part of the business and overall should make you a better asset to the organization. I would suggest scheduling a time to chat with your manager about the opportunity and why you are interested in switching career paths. It is better that they know so that 1. they can support you, and 2. they are kept in the loop should another hiring manager reach out to them. Best of luck! 

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Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 16, 2018

While every company is different, transferring internally is a great way to advance your career while still enjoying the company you have been committed and loyal to. I would definitely recommend keeping your immediate supervisor in the loop during the entire process. Being open and transparent with them can help them understand your career goals as well as help connect you with what might be the right next step for you. Additionally, you're going to be staying within the company so keeping that relationship positive will be beneficial to you and your career. Good luck with everything!

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Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on April 17, 2018

I strongly encourage employees to speak with their supervisors regarding internal opportunities. Your supervisor might have ideas and thoughts on potential training and development opportunities.  

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