TLDR: when looking at, or accepting new roles, at what point would the move not be considered a step back or lateral move, but one that would be a solid move forward to progress your career?
The question can be rather complicated, but I'll try to be brief. Consider your current role and title. If you were, for example, a Sr. Analyst at Company A, would a move to an Analyst role (or lateral to another Sr. Analyst role) at Company B, be considered a step back? In other words, is RE so title dependent that you should only be looking at that Associate or higher level roles when making a move? I had a long debate with someone about this and couldn't tell if they just didn't understand the RE industry or if I was being a blockhead.
Ultimate example: I tried to make the argument it was more about experience than the role title. If my end goal is to end up in acquisitions at Carlyle, Blackstone, Hines, etc. and I'm an Associate in Asset Management at a mid-level, relatively no name firm, I would jump at the opportunity to be an Analyst on one of their deal teams doing live deals. The person I debated with said that would be a dumb move and I would be a step back because of the "perceived backwards step".
Feel free to set me straight. I couldn't see the other side of the argument and figured I'd see if you all had any experience with this.