WE NEED GENERALISTS
Have you ever wondered why so many people graduate from school with a degree in a particular discipline, spend the first few months or, in some cases, years trying to find a job with that qualification and after so much effort without any success go for a masters' degree in that same discipline and after they are done with that and still can't get a job, they proceed for a PHD in that same discipline? I have often wondered. So I thought about lending a voice to this amazing cultural phenomenon. I have seen people with PHD who still can't find a job and I have seen people with a PHD who are working on jobs that they could have gotten with a senior school certificate! They are being underpaid doing something way out of their specialization just to survive after having waited for so long. This is sad!
In today's sprawling, fluid and fleeting economy, you cannot afford to have only one skill. I am certainly not against getting a PHD but the problem with overspecialization in any one field is that it limits your opportunities. Frankly speaking, a masters’ degree or PHD is of no consequence to any employer outside of government and the Academia both of which lay so much emphasis on paper qualification. Again, this isn’t an attack on academic qualification. I have friends and family who have Masters’ and PHD’s and they are very dear to me. I have a degree in Engineering plus other certifications cutting across several functional lines. And this is by no means a recommendation of my own career path. The aim here is to underscore the truth that the undue emphasis we place on academic qualification in this part of the world is detrimental to our overall economic growth as a third world country. A young lady just finished her NYSC and came to ask me for a job. The first question I asked her was if she knows how to use a computer. I nearly passed out when she told me No! Irrespective of your degrees, the question that even an average employer asks is very simple: what can you produce today under prevailing conditions and what will you be able to produce tomorrow when (not if) those conditions change?
Currently, the unemployment rate is at 14.2% and still on the rise. This isn’t necessarily because there are no jobs. The service industry alone is burgeoning with a lot of job opportunities. The reason for this staggering unemployment rate is that most graduates are unemployable to put it mildly. This means that they lack the skills that are applicable to the ever expanding, rapidly changing and multi-tasking job descriptions in the market space of today. In other words, the job descriptions for the available jobs today are different from what they used to be in previous years. In spite of this mind-awakening scenario, most graduates are scrambling for further academic qualification in a narrow discipline even when they can’t find a job with the one they have already acquired. And to make matters worse, many have little or no interest in the field they are trying to specialize.
Your ultimate competitive strategy for winning in today’s market arena will be to acquire skills in various areas aside from your academic discipline. Instead of blindly following the crowd and heading straight for a Masters' degree or PHD, you need to ask yourself: Am I really interested in this field? What are my chances of getting a job in this field? Will my qualification in this discipline still be relevant in 10 years? In what direction is the world moving? And what skills will I need to be relevant in the future? These are important questions you need to ask before sentencing yourself to a limited career or worse still, over preparing yourself for an indentured servitude in a field that will soon disappear. In some places you can find a person keeping multiple jobs cutting across various industries. In one company he might be an accountant, in another he is a project manager, in another he is a programmer, yet in another firm he is a real estate agent. This dude has acquired skills in several areas. He can never be out of work even if a whole industry shuts down. But look around you and you are likely to find someone who has signed up to spend 30 years of his life as, say, an accountant in a particular company, doing the same thing and earning the same pay. And such a person could even still be asking for an extension of his retirement! Someone may applaud from a corner and call that meritorious service. Tom Peters calls it indentured servitude. What would you call it? It’s your call.
Our federal government talks about diversifying our economy. The basic reason we’ve been operating a mono economy as a country is because that’s what we have at the individual level. I think if we are going to successfully diversify our economy, we must begin by diversifying our individual competencies. Someone might say, “Well I already have a well paying job. I don’t need any more skill.” In this era of continuous regime change followed by malicious mass retrenchment of workers, downsizing, acquisitions and privatization, what happens if you lose your job? Even if you have a job that you think is secure, you will still be a loser if you depend on just your salary. Why? Because you will continue to earn less and less as inflation takes its deadly toll on your fixed salary! In order to be financially secure, you need to expand your source of income and to do that you will still need more skills most of which you didn’t learn in school.
The skills you need to acquire in order to remain relevant, and thrive, both now and in the future include, but are not limited to, general management, human resource management, occupational safety & health, project management, sales, marketing, investing, accounting, IT, public speaking, and customer relationship management. In today's ever evolving and overwhelmingly competitive economy, you cannot afford to be a 'Jack of one trade'. Don’t be lazy in learning. You need to expand your habitation. You need to enlarge your coast. Lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. Tough days lay ahead but only the proactive ones will soar in the storms. Your comfort zone is your worst enemy. Step out of the known and sail on the new waters of the emerging economy. There have never been more opportunities like we have today. Don't be an obsolete specialist, be an ever relevant generalist.
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