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By mbintl ·
I have worked about 10 years in IT positions where I had exposure to different types of infrastructure technology and was able to work on projects that involved multiple technologies. Recently I took a more technically specialized job that has been great from the specialization perspective in the sense that I have been learning more and more about a particular set of technologies but on the downside I feel like I'm stuck doing only that and don't have the opportunity to use (and keep updated) my broader skills in different areas. I feel that if I stay as I am all I can do is continue to specialize and wait for a management position to become available. I am not complaining by any means, specially in today's tight market, but I feel like I don't have too many options as is. I work for a large and good global company, the job security (believe it or not) and a possible future management position will be there if I keep updated and keep up the good work, but my big dilemma is if I should move into consulting (independent or not) or take the more conservative approach to go into management. I'm not a big fan of job security and prefer to always confront my skills against the market on a regular basis to make sure my skills are valuable to the work marketplace. Compensation and long term employability/market valuable skills are my main concerns. I am terrified about getting caught into the rather common situation where people specialize in the company they work for (instead of the market valued skills) or more generalist skills (such as pure management) and end up loosing their mobility and get stuck with the same company because no other company will pay his/her level of salary for those "generic skills"...
Would anyone have any insights on this situation? I understand it is all very subjective and there are many other variables to it too but... Thanks!

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