Generalists On Top!
Being diverse rather than specialized is now considered an advantage in a digital workforce. Job descriptions practically demand job applicants are a jack of all trades.
“Despite the corporate world’s insistence on specialization, the workers most likely to come out on top are generalists—but not just because of their innate ability to adapt to new workplaces, job descriptions or cultural shifts” ~ Carter Phipps, author of 2012’s Evolutionaries.
Connect the dots
A generalist has a multitude of experience from different roles and work environments; they are able to understand the bigger picture. A specialist might be able to find the key to a solution, but a generalist will use the same key to open doors and get people moving around inside work silos.
At the end of the day, there is the risk that the generalist job applicant is going to be rated as unfocused, noncommittal, and nonconformist. However, a generalist might be just who to call when it comes to innovation and progress. Especially in a down economy, when one worker is often expected to do the work of many - - and do it well.
Thanks to source story via Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/07/10/the-secret-power-of-the-generalist-and-how-theyll-rule-the-future/