Choosing a Specialization vs Doing It All

socialworkspecOne of the most exciting things about installing cable is the variety of jobs which are out there. Some technician’s choose to be a “Jack of all trades” and others choose a specialization. When you are new to the industry it can be a tough choice. Each path has its pros and cons. Even if you have been in your specialized area for years and are considering a change, it is important to know what is in store.

One of the biggest advantages of being a general technician is that you have a larger potential clientele. If someone needs security, they can call you. If they need a fire alarm system installed, they can call you. The downside is it can be harder to reach these clients. A person who wants a security system will look for a security installation company. That specialization counts more to some than others.

When you are specialized you gain expertise quicker. If you are setting up data centers every day then you learn the ins and outs because it is all you do. This means that any problem which arises, you will likely know how to fix. Yes, this can happen without having a specialization, but it takes longer.

If you create security layouts day in and day out you start to develop an eye for problems before starting the project. This saves you time which saves you and your clients money. The problem which arises is if you need another skill set and you do not have it.

The basics of electricity remain consistent, so someone who has the general skill set may end up doing security for one project and rewiring a home on another. Some people really enjoy a change. If you are one of these people, then not having a specialization may be to your benefit. In this way, you never know what is in store for the next project. If you do not like change, a specialization can help ensure that you remain consistent.

It may seem obvious, but consider your location when deciding if a specialization is right for you.. Where do you want to live? In the city, you can make a great living just doing one thing. But, if you want to live in a rural area, you will need to be able to do whatever is needed. A town with a population of 10,000 can only have so many alarm systems installed before you are out of work.

Specialists do have a benefit that attracts many people, they can usually charge more. The extra training and experience in your field can pay off fiscally if you get a reputation for being the best. Even if you aren’t the Picasso of cable installers, if you are quality people will pay more.

Ultimately, you need to know what is right for you. Think about what is in demand in the area you want to live in. This is probably the most important guideline of all. If you live in a market that is saturated with alarm experts, look for alternatives. Think about what you like to do, but also, be practical.

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