Be too complex to categorize.

Be too complex to categorize.  Specialization is for insects.

I bumped into the quote below yesterday morning and its run through my mind ever since:  “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”— Robert Heinlein

Do employers prefer someone who’s near 99% proficient in one specialized area or a candidate that is 95% proficient in many things?  I think the modern employment landscape is going the way of the generalists.  Notable excepts exist, of course (physicians, dentists, etc.) but those are not the vast majority of employable positions in today’s world.  Most candidate’s for employment would do far better to be a generalist than a specialist.  After all, specialization is for insects.  Just some food for thought.

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