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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Jack of all trades OR master of only one (Or NONE)?!



Now this is an interesting topic to talk about. As I sit at my desk over lunchtime, pondering over my future and reflecting on stuffs that I never reflected on before (heheh!)....I suddenly remembered an argument which one of my old school mate used to lash out during our futsal sessions. Yes, it was during those breaks in between matches did the argument blossomed into an hour long discussion (up to the point where it was even discussed while playing futsal as well!).
I can remember vividly that the main jizz of the heated argument was that one shouldn't be too eager to diversify oneself into many areas of job specialisation. What he was referring to were those people who constantly jump jobs like nobody's business. Just don't do it on a monthly basis! Hahah! Its normal for young working adults to consistently switch jobs because they are still in limbo in deciding which specialisation to dwell in. Its safe to say that working adults will start to slow down on the job migration once they have successfully found a job which they love so much....and they will do their utmost to hold on for dear life onto the job.
Being a master of only one specialisation or job can spell disaster to oneself. What if suddenly you're forced to change jobs? Or worse of it all, your current organization decides to 'downsize' certain employees....and YOU are part of that exclusive downsizing list? Hmmm....however I would to highlight a particular incident where I was shunned for trying to be a 'jack-of-all-trades'. Sounds unbelievable ain't it? In today's corporate world, or any world may it be (blue-collared, white collared...etc.), a multitasking employee is the one constantly seeked out by potential employers. But this one particular incident with a particular 'corporate figure' made me realised that the old school of thought of being a master of only ONE job skill still exist in today's globalised world.
I remembered particularly the part when Mr. Corporate-figure lambasted me with his arguments that:

"An employee should only stick to what he knows best! An employee should not
waste their time looking/trying around new job functions to suit their whims
and fancies, because you will only waste an organization's resources!"

This is of course to me....a load of horse s***!!! I immediately told him that as an employee, I will strive my utmost best to ensure that my contributions to the organizational needs are utilised efficiently and without prejudice. BUT once I find that I can't function properly or should I ever feel that I need to move on for the sake of career progression, then so be it. But nobody's gonna make me stay and dwell in a job which no longer appeal to me. Heck, nobody ever said that I need to be in the SAME organization anymore to enjoy a different role altogether. Well, kudos to him, I am now a better person; having seen the unlimited opportunities that lies outside that particular organization......as a result of that historic argument! Always take the positive side of things. Heheh....
I guess that at the end of the day, we all have special skills or abilities, whether we choose to realise it or not. Deep down inside we scream of changes, chances to display our hidden talents and avenues to blurt our inner demands.......All I can say is that, one must be brave enough, sometimes, we must be crazy enough to try out new ideas to achieve that little something which we crave. In my case, it was the need of a new and dynamic environment eventually drove me to where I am right now. Imagine if I had chosen to remain silent and bow down to the ideology of Mr Corporate-figure.

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3 Comments:

childlike84 said...

geez zack..that's deep. erm, was that what happen back at u-know-where? u never told me dat...hurm, for what its worth, u stand with what u believe! hey, can i include your blog in my "The Links"?..or not? *wink*

Zakri Zakaria said...
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Zakri Zakaria said...

Hmmm....my earlier reply to the 1st comment was deleted (?!) Presumingly by me??? Another high level conspiracy...."Silence the blogger!"...Heheheheh...

Thanks fr dropping by Shahrill....yeah, my real-life experience was the focal-point of the whole discussion anyway, but not to say I'm holding any grudges or whatever.....just happy that it happened (now relaying it to others as a 'chicken-soup' type of story) and I'm now a better person because of it!

U have my blessings to include my humble page in your links! Haha...