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Should I be aiming to specialise in something?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Juelz, Nov 13, 2017.

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  1. Juelz

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    A question I have had for awhile is what my main goal should be. My current role is basically a jack of all trades gig.. is the money really in specialities in a particular subject, rather than knowing abit about everything but never mastering any?
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  2. JK2447
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    When I was a server engineer I was a jack of all trades but I was able to specialise in VMware. I could have chosen Citrix but VMware fascinated me. Is there any way you can do the same? Once this ITIL course is done I plan to study AWS. A mate of mine said it's fascinating.

    I think a broad background is great and the ideal starting point to specialise. Like anything though too much of a good thing can be bad for you. I used to specialise in mainframes which almost ruined me when I found out there's about two jobs a year in the U.K. In this field these days (slight exaduration)
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  3. BosonMichael
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    I prefer to be a guy who can do anything for an employer. Need a site-to-site VPN established? Got it. Exchange problem? I'm on it. Desktops need imaging? Easy. Roll out web monitoring? Evaluated, chosen, and implemented. Diagnose slow connectivity between offices? Testing it. Need a new DRM plan? Great, let's start!

    The key is to give value to your employer no matter what your job role is. And as a bonus, being able to do ANYTHING greatly increases your employability.

    Sure, you might be able to make more as a specialist... but that's all you'll be doing... day in and day out. And if you're suddenly not needed, your job prospects will be greatly reduced.
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