Is Specialisation Always the Best Way to Go?

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Is being a jack of all trades a better option than being master of one? We think that sometimes a specialised degree can become a burden in a country like India. Here are five reasons why it may be a good idea to avoid it.

Family pressure: There are many instances in which family pressure may get the better of an individual’s aspirations. While you may give in to the pressure and go on to secure a degree in an area which doesn’t necessarily interest you, this may not always work out in your favour. A typical case could be that of a creative person who ends up specialising in a technical field. Sooner or later, they will end up frustrated.

Boredom: Some people are competent in a number of fields. They have multiple interests and dabble in a variety of activities. Specialising in one field may amount to limiting their potential. In such cases, when they are tied down to perform a single activity over and over, their interest will soon wane and they will start to find the job mundane.

Lack of options: If it turns out that there are not enough opportunities in your field, specialisation could turn out to be a big mistake. Imagine having a degree that you worked so hard to get, and then finding there are only a handful of openings available and you may not make the cut.

Need for generalists: If everyone were to specialise, who would look at the big picture? This is where a generalist fits in. Every organisation needs a person who can get the specialists to work together as a team and produce something larger than the sum of its parts.

Time: In this fast-paced world in which technology is changing by the minute, the traditional ways of performing a task are also getting replaced quickly. So a specialisation that takes multiple years to learn may not be the best idea, as it might leave you with knowledge that quickly becomes obsolete. In some cases, you may end up spending more time unlearning old methods and techniques in order to catch up!