I am not unskilled. In fact, I have an impressive array of randomly aquired skills, experience and knowledge. But my skill set is shallow, and not necessarily complimentary. This is not a vice, at my young age. But it is not an asset, and I am feeling that - I don't know how I can really be of value to others with the shallow skill set I have. Who on earth really needs an analyst!?
But I think about the options to deepen my skill set and I struggle to see how that will help me solve the sorts of wicked problems that aren't already being churned through the production line of specialised professionals. If I wanted to deepen my skills I would probably stay on at the audit office another year or so to gain a bit more experience, seniority and methodology. But that would only exacerbate the smell of wasted, rotting innovative solutions that are flushed out of the woods by preliminary audit investigation, to be then methodically swept under the rug of the infamous audit methodology.
My aim - or at least what I propose - is not to focus on deepening my skills, but on the contrary to broaden them. To be valuable I will deepen my expertise and my understanding of systems of government, without pinning myself to a profession. I will pivot the experience I have gained so far, find other angles, and develop ways in to government's problems that others are yet to exploit.
I know my stated interest in 'public administration systems' is too broad for all this. I'm working on how to narrow that down. But regardless, it's a worthy beast to fall in love with - who needs a solution, when you have a problem like that?
|From screenrant interview|