The Pros and Cons of being a wildcard

Pro

  • You get to be King!

  • You get to do everything and be a highly valued resource in your company

  • You’re never bored

  • No one knows exactly  “what you do”

  • You get to learn many new skills

Con

  • You have to be a 2

  • “I do everything” doesn’t look good on a resume when you want to go to a new company

  • You’re always busy

  • No one knows exactly  “what you do”

  • You have to self-learn most things

 

Being a wildcard at work is just like being a wildcard in poker. You’re never as good as the card you’re pretending to be: The kings will be more skillful than you in their category, and the twos will be a more cost efficient resource for the work.

As with most things in your professional life, you have to look at the long-term and decide if being a wildcard is working to your benefit. If not, it might be time to switch tables!

2 comments

  1. IMO, being the wildcard is the way to go, but of course it depends on personality. A lot of people like carving themselves a ‘niche’ for job stability, but I would get very bored learning to be better at the same thing everyday (which is consequently why I never got a PHD). Also, I see ‘self-learning’ as a pro and not a con! 😛

    1. I’m definitely not bashing being a wildcard. I’m pretty sure it’s the best role for me. And I see being a self-learner as a huge pro! Though, it can be painful to self-learn something. It’s frustrating when there are lots of people who could explain it to you easily, just not in your company!

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