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Description: For decades, experts and specialists have been highly valued and sought after. However, these specialist rely on niche funding whereas generalists are widely employable. It appears that in the midst of an economic recession the jack-of-all-trades may find the most success.


Date: August 29th, 2012

For the past several decades, the specialist has held sway. Employers were told they needed people on board who did one thing and one thing well. In turn, career and business experts told us to brand ourselves, to make sure we were known for something in particular.

Don’t be a generalist, a jack-of-all-trades, they advised. You’ll confuse the people who would hire you. They won’t value the skills you offer, like the ability to bring together facets of multiple disciplines. Instead, they’ll view you as a dilettante, less than serious about your career and intellectual pursuits.  Read Rest of Story

Questions for discussion:

1. What is the concern that experts have raised in discipline after discipline?

2. Who is more likely to sense a pattern or trend?

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