Generic or Overly-specialized?

When it comes to being highly skilled in your field of work I believe that there are both pros and cons to keeping a balance of being generic or overly-specialized in your specific career path. There are pros an cons because overly-specializing in your path can lead to great things like “higher wages for having specific knowledge, and “ You are a desirable employee in your area of expertise, so if you specialize enough, you can become a leading expert in demand for satisfying ground-breaking projects or additional work on the side that complements your job”. These are all positives of overly-specializing in your path because it can ultimately lead to much success and multiple opportunities to be considered for jobs in that particular path.

Overly-specializing has its cons as well. If you are solely focused on one path with no experience else where then “You have less job security if your area of specialty becomes obsolete”. Meaning if there are no positions open for the job that you specifically preform then you are out of a job because you don’t have the skills to be placed in another field. Even more simply put, “If you are too specialized, the company can’t use you for other tasks or jobs, thus decreasing your overall flexibility as an employee”.

If you aim at being generic in your career path you will run into both some positives and some negatives along the way. On the upside “To be a generalist often means you keep learning new complementary skills. This continues to build a good base of employability, in addition to conquering the long-term boredom factor”. Which is always great but on the negative side of just being generic “Employers might not know how best to place you in their organization if your skills are too spread out. They may not view you as reliable or tenacious enough with any one job or skill set to be worth hiring”. I was trying to point out both the positives and negatives of being too generic and overly-specialized and show that there indeed does need to be a good balance between the two. While being overly-specialized is not necessarily a bad thing I think it is also important to keep that balance of other skills as a fall back plan just so you know that you will always be able to work in another field.

My past work experience and current internship position have given me proficient skills that have made me into a multi-talented worker. I have hands on experience working in the television studio both on camera and behind the scenes. I have video recording and video editing experience. In my field I have experience with video, replay, graphics, camera shading, producing, data analytics, social media, and working with a large crew with different people in charge that all have different personalities an different ways of working. All of my work experience, hard work, dedication and my ability to work with and in many different fields is what separates me from other applicants in my path. Traits like camera and video editing experience make me blend with other applicants as that is usually where we start in this field. I will use my strengths with my various skills that I possess now to help better my weakness in audio production. This is one of the most difficult tasks to have in my field. I plan to use my strengths to help me find a way that improves my skills in this particular line of work with sound in its many forms.

Dunn, Nora. “Is It Better To Specialize Or Generalize?.” Wise Bread. N.p., 2009. Web. 11 Oct. 2017.

“What Makes You Stand Out Among Your Peers? | Myperfectresume.” My Perfect Resume. N.p., 2017. Web. 11 Oct. 2017.

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