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Is Specialization Necessary In It Field?


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Posted 27 July 2007 - 10:52 AM

Is it better to be a generalist or a specialist? If you are a specialist or want to specialize, how do you go about deciding on what to specialize? How do you commit yourself to studying be it for specialization or generalization?

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 11:04 AM

I think it rather depends on the goals or the likes/dislikes of the individual and what kind of work is preferred; you could make a case either way. And the "IT field" can mean anything from writing code to managing systems to project management to computer hardware repair to datawarehousing. You will find both types in the IT field.
What sort of choices are you considering? Are you just entering, thinking about entering, or somewhat entered the field?
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 11:59 AM

How do you commit yourself to studying be it for specialization or generalization?

The very first thing I tell the people on my team. If you cannot honestly say you are passionate about your work, and that loving what you do is foremost in your own mind. You will never be able fully commit to being the best you are in any given field, and it will show. It will also become 'work' and drudgery and you will loose passion for it quickly, and you will regret doing it. Enjoying and finding passion for the field and all that that encompasses is your first task. Doing it for the 'money' is a big mistake.

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