Up and Down
Some brands can successfully move upscale and downscale. Mercedes has done it. Über has done it. Airbnb has done it.
But I will tell you this: Once you are seen as a peer of the HR department, you will never be seen as a peer of the executives in that enterprise. You an go “down” once you’ve had projects with executives, but you can’t go “up” if you begin in training. That’s never an “open door,” it nothing but a “dead end.”