Why Become an Expert?
Thoughts on specialization within the Healthcare Recruiting industry.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 6 in 10 millennials consider themselves open to new career opportunities while 21 percent report they will change jobs in the next year. As both an “Older Millennial” and a “Career Expert”, this sounds correct but exhausting.
Is our generation onto something? Perhaps we’ll have increased quality of life through the current flexible gig economy or reap some other unforeseen benefits. Or maybe we are setting ourselves up for unnecessary stress and a late retirement.
Apart from a lackluster six month stint as a Yoga Instructor, I have been recruiting in the Healthcare industry exclusively for 13 years. My experience includes eight total years of held jobs and five years of executive experience through running “Career Sparks”, my own recruiting firm. Through my time as a recruiter, I have discovered my own tenacity and am proud to report that even when times are tough, I can, will, and do hold down a job.
Over time, my market and expertise have become more specific. These days, I work exclusively with Med Spa, Aesthetic Surgery, and Managed Care Clients placing nursing professionals. Perhaps this sounds overly specific, but the benefit is extra expertise and knowledge for my clients. It is a fallacy to believe that businesses need to offer diverse services to be marketable. In fact, sometimes the opposite is true, as with Drybar, which is valued at $100 million and offers only hair blowout services.
With so many options in today’s thriving economy, many professionals wonder if they should become an expert in their field or look around for new options. As a millennial, career expect, and entrepreneur, here are my two cents about becoming an expert:
• You might miss out on something better. FOMO is real, but often impractical.
• You might get bored doing similar work on a long-term basis.
• You might miss the opportunity for further education on a new topic.
• You are afraid you won’t get to try new things or meet new people.
• You will become an expert in your field. Experts are respected and valued.
• Even the most glamorous professions – athletes, actors, celebrities, etc. – will tell you that part of their job can be boring. Such is life.
• Even if your field does not have masters or doctoral programs, you can always take continuing education for personal growth or conduct your own research to sharpen your sword.
• The better you get at your field of specialty, the more people you will meet. True experts are valued and respected and will be invited to engage with other professionals in their field.
There is nothing wrong with experimenting with various professional options while searching for your passion. Personally, I would rather be an expert than a jack of all trades. I derive so much satisfaction from expertly knowing my marketplace and serving as a true advisor to my clients. All in all, go with your heart and don’t look back!