There’s this proverb that I don’t like at all…
Jack of all trades, master of none
Last Monday, while having a power breakfast with a friend, I was telling her that I totally disagree with the meaning of this figure. It’s so discouraging; like it’s reproaching those who feel motivated enough to learn a load of things. So bad! I think that the more you know, the better. In fact, those ‘Jacks of all trades’ are the people who inspire me the most because of their wide skill set.
How comfortable is to stick to the ‘official’ education -the one you get in your school hours- willing not to go further, missing as many complements to your learnings as you could be interested in. It means investing time and money in something that doesn’t seem to be so urgent when you already have a job.
What a wrong way of thinking, right? If you agreed with the paragraph above -even for a second- you have to keep reading, working girl. See, I believe in the greatness of investing both your time and money in building a skill set -good friends with the attitude– as this is what will make you stand out of the rest, not only for what you already know that fits a job position, but for all you can do and enrich with your out-of-the-box knowledge.
So, how do I build a skill set?
Don’t get bogged down in the rush to find the perfect complements for your career. There’s not a perfect curriculum, any traced path. Listen to your guts, follow your interests and instincts and time will transform them into new work opportunities. Reach further than the obvious supplements to your education (like coursing a master in the same specialty as your college degree) and try to break the common thing. Think of the thousands of graduated students will search for a job with the same titles in their resume… wouldn’t you like to stand out?
And if college years feel far away, I have advice for you too. It’s never too late to start learning something new, nor never too early. I can’t count how many things I’ve been interested into since I was a kid: photography, filming videos, painting, crafts, guitar, sewing, coding… A myriad of hobbies that can feel disconnected with my career at first sight, but I can assure you that they’ve been useful -or will be- at some point in my life. Soon I will give you my tips on how to start building your skill set.
Go, girl, follow your interests and don’t be afraid to invest in building a good skillset. It’s the best you can do for your career!