Generally speaking…
Amy Hooper

This is a great piece — thanks for sharing your experience Amy. I love the point about the time in an organisation’s life being so key to generalist’s value (and satisfaction). I’ve learned as a generalist is it is up to me to tell my story in a way that makes sense to others and help them not to peg me by one of the things I do. Where I *think* I’m showing that I learn quickly, am resourceful and get things done, in reality someone only seeing a sliver of my work thinks I am an X person, and puts me in that box. This can be very limiting for career development! I also think generalists have to be more vigilant about staff changes above them. Where you were doing all the things, but slowly ceded that, new managers can miss the value you’ve bought to the organisation and pigeon hole you. I’m also learning to say no to things , and taking more responsibility for designing a job I like. Just because I CAN do something doesn’t mean I have to. I think lots of generalist get trapped in job description creep that can end up cornering them in to work that isn’t very satisfying, simply because they are always willing to do things that need doing.

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