Will Being Diverse In My Interests And Skills Eventually Hurt Me?
This is something I’ve been pondering a lot about lately.
I’m not one to have a single skillset and be remarkable at it. I’m the kind of person that has a lot of interests and a lot of various skills in different areas. But of those interests and skills, they are vary narrow to a specific aspect of that area.
I am very passionate about animals and helping them, I enjoy working outdoors, I care about how businesses are run and ensuring their customers and clients are treated the best they can be, and I am fairly good with technology and computers.
Even to expand on my interest with animals, I’m more interested in exotic and wild animals, than dogs and cats. And I would like to work in the field, not at some indoor research facility. I want to rescue and rehabilitate them, and make their lives better. That said, I’m not a Vet student, nor am I a good candidate for one (due to past grades in school). I don’t have my Master’s or even a Bachelor’s in any area of biology — I have an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology, as a Veterinary Assistant, which is lesser than a Vet Tech… unfortunately. So does my passion and interest exceed my educational status? Absolutely. What about my skills? How are they? Well, I’ve done some pretty awesome internships — worked at an emergency clinic in Anchorage, Alaska; worked at two zoos in Nebraska, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, and the well-known Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. But Have I really built up my skills enough to be profitable to someone? I don’t know. And lastly, this area is extremely competitive. So competitive, that most organizations don’t pay their workers, and if you do get lucky enough to be paid, you’re one of the few, and it’s not very much.
As far as my business “skills” and interests go, instead of liking business as a whole, I’m very particular about what I like — improving a company’s customer service and product quality — two completely different areas, both of which my minor in Agribusiness hardly educated me on. So even if I wanted a job in this area, I wouldn’t be qualified whatsoever. Furthermore, I don’t think that I could work at just any job doing business-related things. I really want to stay away from working at a computer for my whole career.
Technology and computers — this has been something I’ve always been good at, and as I do more, I learn more. But it’s something I like doing because I’m good at it, not the other way around — at least that’s how I see it. So because of this, I really don’t want my whole career based around computers. Like I already stated, I don’t want to sit at a computer day in and day out. Also, I’m not really that talented with computers compared to others in the field. “Well you know more than I do, Aaron.” Well, are you competing for positions and opportunities in the tech department? No? Exactly. I know a little about security, and a lot about the common sense stuff like backing up and using various programs to improve efficiency. Oh, and I can build websites, but don’t know how to code, so there’s that. However, it would be great if the skills I do have could help me obtain a position where my true passion is — working with animals.
If you’ve read this far already, perhaps you see where I’m going… I don’t have one specific area of expertise that I’ve mastered. I’m vaguely knowledgeable in a few areas, but don’t have the skills and/or desire to focus on one specific area. Probably the one I want to focus most on would be the animals, but I’ve already shared my concerns there.
So again, my question remains, when a future employer looks at my resume, which I feel is put together pretty well, will they be impressed by my vast knowledge and interests in multiple areas? Or will they be turned off by the lack of skillset in a specific area?
Those are my thoughts for the day. Thanks for reading (I know it was long) and feel free to share your advice, insight and experiences — I’d like to hear them!