Jan 21, 2019 - 02:16 PM
One of the most important things to take into account when considering the important decision of whether to specialize on a subject or become the jack of all trades is your personality and your passions. There are many advantages to both approaches. A generalist can take advantage of transferable skills and be able to have a broad perspective on the task at hand. On the other hand, a specialist is usually an expert on the subject and people tend to rely more on the specialists when confronted with a problem.
Having said that, the choice between being a generalist or a specialist doesn’t have to be a mutually exclusive one. Nowadays we face ever-changing environments affected by the introduction or removal of the technology at hand. So being able to take in new skills and knowledge about different topics while being a specialist or specializing in a certain skill when you tend to have a more general knowledge about a plethora of subjects can give you a unique advantage in your career. As Lev Kaye, a founder and CEO suggests, the future career path might look more like generalizing-specialist vs. specializing-generalist.