What's your problem?

What's your problem? - Q: TOO SOON TO SPECIALISE?

by JEREMY BULLMORE, now a director of Guardian Media Group and WPP


I am a business studies graduate and have completed nearly one year of a two-year graduate training scheme with a large company. There is a chance that I may be offered a permanent role within this company soon Should I complete my final year's training and gain more experience by doing so, or start in a permanent and more specialised role with this company as soon as one becomes available?

A: This is a more difficult decision now than it would have been only a few years ago. I would have found it easy enough then to make sonorous parental noises: reminding you of your obligations, firmly advising you to stay the full course of your training scheme, pointing out that you might never again be offered an opportunity to gain general experience, and painting in lurid colours the long-term risks of premature specialisation.

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