Generalist Versus Specialist
I've been debating with myself about the pros and cons of being a generalist or directing my profession towards becoming a specialist. I have changed my professional profile seven times in 3 years. Being a generalist myself, I love trying new things and overcoming challenges but when specific profiles comes which I am really interested in, I lack the experience in that specific area even though I have the required years of working experience. What I don't want, however, is not utilizing the skills I picked up along the way. What do you suggest? What is the ideal position to be between being a generalist and a specialist?
You have to specialize in one thing. As a generalist, there will always be too many people around with the same skill level as you, as a specialist you stand out. Being a generalist may serve you short term, but will hurt you long term.
Mind you: as a specialist you're still good in all of those skills you're currently enjoying as a generalist! You just make yourself a heap less vulnerable.
As a generalist you can work for different industries in different area. In some area being a specialist is an advantage for career advancement. Every skill could be beneficial, just need to find the right area to use these. I have chosen to be a specialist in my job but developing further skills to keep other doors open at any time in case I would like to go for a beautiful exit. It costs time and efforts but it looks it is paying in my case. Just find your way, be sure and go for it!