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Career Digest September 2009

Career Digest September 2009

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Greetings in St. La Salle,

The Career Information and Coaching Program of the Office of Counseling and Career Services proudly presents its 3rd issue of the CAREER DIGEST, the official publication of the Career Management Program.

CAREER DIGEST is a monthly, online newletter made by OCCS Student Representatives for Lasallians. It contains anything and everything within the realm of CAREER EXPLORATION.

This month's theme is the GENERALIST and the SPECIALIST.

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Happy Career Exploration!
Greetings in St. La Salle,

The Career Information and Coaching Program of the Office of Counseling and Career Services proudly presents its 3rd issue of the CAREER DIGEST, the official publication of the Career Management Program.

CAREER DIGEST is a monthly, online newletter made by OCCS Student Representatives for Lasallians. It contains anything and everything within the realm of CAREER EXPLORATION.

This month's theme is the GENERALIST and the SPECIALIST.

For a more enjoyable read, you may view the document in the link
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Happy Career Exploration!

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Jack of all trades, master of none. This phrase, foryears, has become a negative depiction of a person with nomastery of any kind of skill but with little knowledge ondifferent fields. Because of this, it has become insulting formany to be labeled as a ‘Jack-of-all-trades’. But is it really sobad to be such one? As mentioned in the Definition Box, theidea of Jack-of-all-trades was originally considered as a positivecomment but changed when the phrase ‘master of none’wasadded. Now, it is referred to as generalists who become “go-through”people who are called when immediate solutions areneeded. They are believed to be inferior to the specialists whoare the “go-to”people when certain expertise in knowledge andability of a certain field are needed. It is also said thatemployers or more specifically, the human resource departmentwould immediately notice and take interest in applicants whoare experts rather than those who are not despite the number of skills. However, this does not conclude that being a Jack-of-all-trades is bad. As what has been said earlier, it wasn’t a negativedepiction until the people changed it.Timothy Ferriss, an author and public speaker,generated 5 reasons to be a Jack-of-all-trades:
5. “Jack of all trades, master of noneis an artificialpairing.
“It is entirely possible to be a Jack of all trades, master of many.”said Ferriss. He stated that the 80/20 principle provesthat people of Jack-of-all-trades does not have mediocre skills,saying that learning 20% of a language’s vocabulary will allowone to communicate and understand 80% and that 20% of themoves done in sports contribute to about 80% of the scoring.With this, “is it settling for mediocre?”he asked.
4. In a world of dogmatic specialists, it’s the generalists whoends up running the show.
“Is the CEO a better accountant than the CPA? Is Steve Jobs abetter programmer than the iTunes VP of Engineering? No, buthe has a broad range of skills and sees the unseeninterconnectedness.”Ferris said. He stated that “as technologybecomes a commodity with the democratization of information,it’s the big picture generalists who will predict, innovate, andrise to power fastest.”
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Volume 1 No.3 September 2009
CAREERCAREER
DIGES DIGEST 
Definition BoxDefinition Box
Jack-of-all-trades
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 \ Function: NounOrigin: 1610 1620It refers to a person who is adept in many different kindsof work, which indicated versatility and is an expression of praise, as it is said an individual learns enough from manyexperiences of trade and skills. Why Jack? It simply refers to‘man’in 1600s which originated during the revolt of peasantsin the Hundred YearsWar in France. The peasants werereferred to as ‘Jacque’by the nobles because of the paddedsurplice they wore called ‘Jacque’. It was then adopted byEngland in the form of ‘Jack’.The phrase ceased to be a term of admiration and flatterywhen “master of none”was added because of the changingdemand in industries to form the idiom
Jack of all trades,master of none
. Today, this figure of speech refers to ageneralist, or a person who has passable knowledge in manyareas but does not specialize or is not fully competent in anyparticular one.
by: Jamie ElodyChoi,
3
rd
yr. AE -BMG
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The generalist’s perspective
A Mistaken Jack
by: Clarisse Anne Ebue
,
3
rd
yr. BS-AEC
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I = Forte and Success
Identifying your stengths
by: MarisseMangunay,
3
rd
yr. AB -ISE
To be admired and looked upon issomething to be proud of. Oftentimes, we haveconsidered someone as our “mentor,”thinkingthat by following this person’s footsteps, we toocan achieve that sense of self-fulfillment andaccomplishment in our lives.To have someone as an inspiration isadvisable, since we all need our own motivationas individuals. This attitude becomes a problemhowever, when we start comparing ourselves towhat our so-called “role models”can do andcannot do and in the process we forget about the“Ithat represents our uniqueness andindividuality.It is already a given that while somestruggle in certain aspects of life, others do not.Yes, you could spend your entire lifetimecomplaining about how imperfect you are. Afterall, wouldn’t this be the easiest thing to do?Instead of brooding over what you can orcannot do, why not simply accept the fact thatalthough there are those who are considered goodat everything, YOU too can become great that asan individual, you have your own strength orforte that can actually make you stand out amongthe rest of the crowd.Some of you might say, “But I need not bespecial. I just want to fit in and be normal like anyother person. I don’t need to be “different.”Ah--well, if you think that being “different”or```````````````“unique”is unnecessary, think again.Let us take this particular scenario as anexample. Say you have sent your application to avery prestigious and prominent company, and all theapplicantsresumes are the same as yours.NOTHING special, NO uniqueness, NADA. If thiswas the case, how would you expect to be hiredeasily when you cannot show what it is that makesyou different from the rest? If, however, you state inyour resume that you have expertise in certaincomputer programs, you will surely create animpression and will, in all likelihood, get that dream job you have been looking for.For every person there is an “I,”and that iswhat makes us unique and special. THAT is whatmakes up our strength as a person and as anindividual.
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“YOU too can become great that as an individual,you have your own strength or forte that can actually make you stand out among the rest of the crowd.
“     
The next question that has to be answeredis “How do I know what my forte is?”To answerthis, publisher Kathy Pauuwidentifies certainfactors and characteristics that can help us figureout how we can know what we are good at.
You
anticipate activities
that utilize yourtalent. Take note when doing an activity.Areyou thinking present tense --When will this beover? ... or future tense --When do I get to dothis again?
Talent brings with it
consistent & predictablenear-perfect results
.
Talent generates
yearnings
-spontaneousreactions from within, and a drive to repeat thebehavior or feeling.
When talent is present,
rapid learning
takesplace.While using your talent, you learn at amuch more rapid speed than others aroundyou.You can't wait to take on the nextassignment.You work or read ahead beforethe next assignment is even made.
You feel a strong sense of 
satisfaction
when using your talent.It feels good!Insightful isn’t it? The moral of thestory my friend, is that rather than brood andsulk about what others are good at, it isimportant for you to realize that you haveyour own potential. Identifying your ownstrength is the first step to success; honing itis the second; and applying it is the third.Note that although it is important foryou to have your own forte, this does notmean that you should forget about flexibility.Although you have mastered one particularskill already, never subject yourself tonarrowed-mindedness and forget about otherskills you might be able to hone. Do notforget my friend, “
the bamboo that bends isstronger than oak that resists.”
I =Forte and Success
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