The valued employee of the present and future: neither a specialist (one with a unique but narrow and deep skillset) or a generalist (knows a lot about a lot but not in much depth), the versatilist is what more and more employers are looking for.
A versatilist is someone defined by prior work and assignments. It is someone who has performed work in several areas, can apply experiences of the past into problem-solving today and tomorrow. Versatilists learn and understand the business units in their organization: how they work, their objectives and their customer needs and help align their work with organizational goals.
Versatile IT employees also know how to manage projects, from inception to completion. They focus on processes and deliverables, with a keen eye to the schedule and budget.
All this is good, but it has implications for IT traditions…
What does this mean for the future of the the specialist?
How does one become more versatile if locked in a specialist role?