Career Corner

Q&A of the week — career corner

Q: How do I diversify my experience in a particular industry? 

A: Many people especially early career professionals like to make their mark in a particular industry by testing the waters in various fields within their selected industry. While it is good to have a niche, there is nothing wrong with being a jack of all trades in your chosen industry. Industries like technology usually have various opportunities that one individual can utilize. For instance, you can be a builder and still handle the marketing sector of your firm. That is why it is advisable for you to take classes that touch many areas while in college so that you can be a professional who has an idea of how different fields operate. 

For instance, a Biology major student with an interest in medicine can take a marketing class once in case they decide to own their own practice one day since the knowledge from marketing would assist in making good marketing decisions for the firm.

So, to diversify yourself in a particular industry, the first thing to do is to identify the various opportunities available to professionals in that industry. Afterward, you need to identify your talents and skills so that you can know where exactly you want to go.

In addition to that, you must ensure that you do not get all your fingers dipped into different pies. It is fine to diversify and handle some positions in a few fields in the same industry, but when you want to be everywhere, you cannot make an impact.