Should You Focus on Just One Skill Set or Several?

Let’s face it. At one point in your life, you are going to be in a crossroad. You are going to ask yourself: Will I stay at this job for the rest of my life or should I take up the high road and experience all kinds of jobs?

Admittedly, there is a lot of debate whether a person who works, let’s say, as a web designer or a developer should stick to just one career for the rest of one’s life or try one job at one time and another for some certain period of time.

What are the advantages of being a sticker as well as that of a job hopper?

Freelancing, or perhaps, when talking about doing jobs online, presents a unique set of issues if job experience is the topic. After all, one minute you think you are already adept to a certain skill, the next thing you know, another set of skills should be learnt, just to be on top of your game.

On Learning New Skills

Most often, you start with some kind of curiosity. If you deem yourself lucky, you start pursuing that. Then, everything diverges into two roads: One, you start honing that skill and becoming a master at that. You revolve around it. By that, it means you would go for a career that would focus on that skill.

On the other hand, the other road starts this way: You realize that you can develop more skills and branch out. You recognize that this is only the beginning. Talk about epiphany. It is no longer just about the original curiosity. You evolve into a being who realizes that there are a lot of curiosities out there.

The Perks of Being a Sticker

In the fast-paced world that is web design, mastery is important. Pros are called as they are because they are masters of something, not everything. What are the advantages of staying at one job for a long time, then?

Nothing Beats Experience

When you just focus on being a web designer, you’ll soon realize that there is so much to learn than what meets the eye. That being said, the more you learn, the more you know that you need to learn. That’s what experience is all about.

Perhaps this is the greatest advantage of those who opt to stay in one job and make a career out of it.

Just imagine this:

As an employer browses your online portfolio, the employer realizes how much experience you have. Without much hesitation, you’d be shortlisted.

That is how strong experience can pull you up.

You’ve Develop Your Own System of Doing Things…and You’d Be Good at It

You know the ins and outs of the trade. You know the shortcuts. In fact, you’ve even devised your own system of doing things. You are so efficient at it that your bosses have praised you on your productivity level. There is no daunting task for you in this kind of scenario because you know what you’re going to do.

Added Value

The more time you spend becoming a web designer, the more adept you become. But that is not the whole equation. Sure, experience does you great. But add monetary value to that and it becomes much greater.

Think about it. The more experience you get, the more credible you become- and the ball is now in your hands. You can take total control of what you want. You charge higher and your employers would not bat an eyelash because they know you can deliver.

The Perks of a Job Hopper

Web design is technical. In some ways, it is. Multiple skills set mean more jobs.

As many employers think “Why would I employ a Sticker when I can have the same quality of job done by a Generalist?”, because, in a way, if you job hop, you tend to become more of a generalist as opposed to being a specialist, like only focusing on web design.

A Jack of All Trades Is What People Want

With a high set of skills, you tend to take more job opportunities. Why? You can do more things than specialists do. After all, not everyone wants an expert.

People just want to get things done. Plus, the job experience that you have, having been to different job positions and all, makes you a veritable candidate when the employer wants a one-person-solution.

Heck, why would bosses employ so many different people for the different aspects of the project when just one can do? If this is the case, you are basically monopolizing the whole thing- and that is a great thing.

Employers Would Gamble on You More

Yes, you may not be in the expert level when you are a specialist but people flock to you and your work. Why? You adapt better. You are a survivalist. You deal with unforeseen changes in a much faster and more efficient manner. And that is what people want.

You dominate a lot of areas and not just one.

You Are Covering More Grounds

You are not focused on one thing. You are everywhere-and that is not a bad thing at all. The experience that you have, being in all sorts of jobs, allows you to know not just focus one but many areas of work, be it web design, or something else.

You change according to what the employer wants you to be. You are not just one shade of red; you can be all shades of red. Because you are covering more grounds, your projects keep on flowing as well. How great is that!

My Take

In today’s world wide economic downturn (which, predictably, isn’t going to change that much for the next few years or so), what people need are those jack of all trades, including those who have multiple job experiences on their resumes. People are trying to cut down on their project costs. Employers tend to look for those people who can do lots of jobs. Companies, especially start-ups, just cannot afford a person with a long history of web designing. The more gaps a person can cover for the company, in its point of view, the more advantageous that person becomes. All the more that a person with lots of job experiences fits this kind of profile.

Web designers are naturally inquisitive- and so much more are those who were able to take different kinds of jobs. All these could play well in the current need of many employers. The curiosity can actually be at their advantage. Learning and experiencing a lot of skills has been proven to be very effective in becoming adaptive to the needs of the employer.

What’s your take on this?

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