Why going to university is a good thing…but it isn’t enough

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A “T person” refers to one with a wide spectrum of knowledge and an in depth understanding of certain fields.

This term used in employment and was first coined in 2003.

Basically, a T shaped person that has in depth expertise in a particular niche, and has the flexibility to work across many other niche.

University equips you with the 1st part. It makes you an ‘I’ shaped person.

Experience, curiosity and self learning of other fields help you to fulfill the 2nd.

Beyond finding employment, entrepreneurs who want to innovate should also strive to develop themselves into T shaped persons.

This is particularly important when you need to lead a team. Knowing each employee’s niche will allow you to understand and empathise your employee or team mate.

So, once you’ve got your degree (or whatever qualification you are getting) do continue to spend time reading and learning widely!

Edit: If you like me, have chosen an alternative path from what your degree has equipped you with, focus on achieving the depth of knowledge first.

Written by Yen Yee

Yen Yee

An aspiring digital entrepreneur who continues to learn and find her way around in the online world.


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