At J.P. Morgan, career mobility is something we take very seriously. The fact of the matter is that, thanks to our global footprint and business platform, you could be working almost anywhere. Offices around the world mean opportunities around the world; and a business that's constantly evolving requires its people to do likewise. So where it makes sense, if you decide you would like a change from what you're doing or where you are, you can transfer to an area more conducive to your skills. Many people move to experience the wider workings of the firm or to change direction.
This doesn't always mean being promoted upwards, and that's okay. Lateral moves give broader exposure to more areas of the business which, in turn, will lead to the big vertical moves. It's good to specialize. But focusing on one subject to the exclusion of all others is not always the best approach. You need strong foundations if you want to step up a level. Moving into new groups and roles gives you an opportunity to expand your network of colleagues and friends.
We tell our Analysts and Associates not to feel tentative about approaching their managers. No doubt they'll be sad to see you move. But if you are set on moving, your manager will work with you to explore options. After all, we want to make sure we keep our top talent within our organization.
So what happens if you don't want to move? What if you love your work, you're amazing at your job and you're quite happy where you are? Are you going to be treated differently, as if you're not ambitious? Not at all. We'll still recognize and reward you for your achievements. Fluidity and mobility are important to our business. But so are stability and strength. J.P. Morgan careers are about choice, and you can also choose not to move.