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Old 10-02-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist in your career? Specialists seem to command top dollar for thier skills but generalists are always employed and seem to have better options available.

Which do you think is better?
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I'm a bit of both...in fact, specialist is part of my job title.

Of course, I'm also adaptable and can do a lot of different things (I have experience in everything from motocross jump builder to retail management). I think it's good to REALLY spend your time on a few things, but being open to anything.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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I'm a specialist paid like a generalist.
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I consider myself to be a generalist within my field of finance. I interpret generalist to mean being able to cross industries and expanding my experience to include delivery of the tools, such as applications. That way, I don't pigeonhole myself in a particular industry, in the hope that I can port what I have learned into the next job.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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I consider myself to be a generalist within my field of finance. I interpret generalist to mean being able to cross industries and expanding my experience to include delivery of the tools, such as applications. That way, I don't pigeonhole myself in a particular industry, in the hope that I can port what I have learned into the next job.
Yeah, that's a good way to put it. I'm also work in a fairly specific field of finance but it's not specific to an industry...so I guess both?

In the context of the OPs question, specialists get paid more but may also have a much more difficult time finding a job as there are not many positions. I guess it all depends on when and where.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago's Finest
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I'm a specialist in what I do. But what I do is generally needed in many fields so thank the Lord companies prefer specialist when it comes to details because I say working.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist in your career? Specialists seem to command top dollar for thier skills but generalists are always employed and seem to have better options available.

Which do you think is better?

I'm basically a generalist, but you can't just hire someone off the street and expect him to do my job productively without some time and training.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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I am the classic specialist.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm a fundraiser, and right now I'm a specialist: grants manager. What I do best is writing grant proposals; however, I'm pretty danged good most other aspects of fundraising as well. The only thing I'm not a "generalist" at is major gifts -- sitting down with one person and convincing him/her to donate big bucks and/or write the organization into his/her will. I could do it, but the process might be kinda rough.
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