Horizontal and vertical career growth: the case for each


Horizontal and vertical career growth: the case for each


Are you ready for your next professional challenge? At Homburg’s core there’s an ethos of education in the real estate sphere that’s practical, accessible, and wholly digital. We cater to every level of learner, and so it’s no surprise to us that we see as many professionals engaging with our courseware to grow vertically as we do horizontally. So what’s the difference, and is one aspiration more valuable than the other?

The short answer is no. Though both horizontal and vertical growth can land you where you’re posturing to go, the routes tend to be drastically different. Stacked up side by each, vertical growth is tailored to pursuing opportunity directly, where horizontal focuses on expanding one’s areas of expertise within an industry. Both generate value, but the former does tend to lend itself to value for an organization, where the latter enhances personal or professional value.

At Homburg, we subscribe to the idea that neither path is superior to the other, but that there are unique types of learners and professionals with individualized goals. To accommodate both, we offer courseware suites designed for both concentrated topics and broad fields of knowledge. If you’re wondering which type of learner you are, or which suites of courses are more appropriate for what you’re trying to achieve, here’s our perspective:

Stepping into a new role is inherently a part of the vertical growth path, and learners who envision their career milestones at escalating tiers within their organization, or are just getting started with a real estate career, will typically require a broader spectrum of knowledge. It’s for this reason we’ve assembled multiple courses into Real Estate Programs on business, development, finance, and more.

The other side of the progression coin in question is home to just as many possibilities. Improving one’s range of expertise not only opens the doors to experiencing different types of work, it also creates a strengthened understanding of how different operational mechanism and departments within your organization function. It’s not uncommon to see architects motioning into real estate, and vice versa, for example!

At the end of the day, having a strategy in place will urge your professional development forward faster than relying solely on one of the progression models listed here. Both vertical and horizontal growth types are suitable, and useful to learners based on how they plan to grow, and what they need to accomplish. For assistance charting out how best to purchase Homburg courses based on your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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