A jack of all trades, and master of none. That is the catchphrase many people are used to hearing. One reason why is because of the specialist propaganda that has been prevalent for over a century. Now despite using the word “propaganda”, that does not mean that it was a bad thing.
During the time of the specialist idealism the need of someone who was good at just one thing was at an all time high. For the industrial revolution was in full effect. People didn’t need a generalist approach, specifically people as in companies/corporations. The factory line helped refine the educational system, for they needed people for specific positions.
In the past before the revolution, and now in the modern era there is/was more of a need for the jack of all trades mentality.
Duality of Specialisms
The true birth of innovation comes from the bridging two or more knowledge areas. The dictionary definition of a jack of all trades states “a person who can do many different types of work but who is not necessarily very competent at any of them. “
Giving the idea that a jack of all trades is just a preliminary step towards becoming a polymath. They are the same ideology, just at separate steps in the process.
This is an idea that was also conceptualized in a video game called ” Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning “, where in the gameplay you would become a certain specialty.
Most people would probably be within one of the three tiers of magic, finesse, or might. Being Mage, Thief, or Warrior respectively, or perhaps in some cases a mix of two.
However there is this sort of mystery tier for a Jack of All Trades pathway, often also referred to as a Universalist (you can find out more in that term’s documentation as well).