There is a perspective to the way in which we should be looking at our skills and expertise in the future, especially with the recent high employment rate and uncertainty in the economy.
Times are hard, but on the positive side, we have become much more resilient and adaptable to change.
Things are moving at a much faster pace than 30, 40 years ago. And as a human race, we've become much more open to experience and being flexible to endure these changes.
Across all industries and job sectors, there are always new developments. But this article has put the spotlight on becoming generalists instead of specialists.
Might sound like a bit of a controversy as it's always been a clear message in the past that if you focus on developing an expertise, you’ll rise through the ranks and earn more money. The approach worked. Many of today’s leaders ascended by specializing.
But in present times, past performance is no guarantee of future results.
So maybe it is time to rethink our love affair with depth, and venture towards breadth when it comes to your career.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that having a specialization is bad, it's just that our world is changing so rapidly that those with more tools in their possession will better navigate the uncertainty.
So how can we be more of a generalist?
Zoom out and pay more attention to the context in which you’re making decisions.
Read up on other relevant industries, take up courses or speak to others in a different field if you're looking for new career prospects.
Obtain a diversity of geographic and functional experiences.
The key skill of the future is, more of an approach or a way of thinking rather than an actual skill. So it's critical to adopt it as soon as you're able.
Learning never stops! It's a skill that on the long run will be of benefit to you no matter how old you are(life long).
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