When you’re trying to decide on a career path, the answer is not always obvious. Here are six helpful questions to ask yourself on the topic of whether or not to pursue a career as a generalist or as a specialist.

  1. Who are the people I really admire and enjoy working with?
    Do you get excited when you talk with a specialist about what they do? What about their expertise gets you jazzed?
    If you find your curiosity leads you down a rabbit hole of ever more detailed questions for them, then specialization could be a great fit for you. If you run out of questions or feel confused or bored, maybe you’re more of a “skim the surface” kind of person.
  2. Will specializing increase or decrease my work-life balance?
    It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything, according to Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success. Are you ready to spend a lot of time working to become a topic expert? How will that affect your relationships with your friends and family? It may be smart to ask for their opinion and support first, and decide for yourself if specializing will take away from the things you value outside of work.

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