When it comes to planning for growth in your career, it’s important to think about whether you enjoy focusing more on the big picture or on intricate details.

Ask yourself this question as you set your career development goals: Would I rather work as a generalist or as a specialist? In this video, I talk about the differences between the two. I hope it helps you envision the career you want.

Generalists are interested in the broad vision of a company. They tend to focus on developing the people within an organization. Often, they have an easier time switching from industry to industry than specialists do. Generalists typically like to try new tasks, and they take a holistic approach to business.

Specialists dive deep and concentrate on the ins and outs of a certain field. Specialists may be limited in the types of businesses they can move between, because they focus on their chosen subject. They gain specific knowledge and skills, and they apply their expertise to tasks in a way that generalists may not.

Consider the characteristics, benefits, and limitations of specialists vs generalists. Which type of worker are you? Which type of work would you like to do? You can decide what your career development goals should be based on your answers to these questions.

Figuring out who you are, what you’re good at, and how you want to contribute is essential to planning for growth and finding success and satisfaction at work.

Are you more of a generalist or a specialist? You’ll benefit from identifying with one type or the other as you outline your career development goals.

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