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Why Specialists in a Federal Workplace Should Have a Big-Picture Perspective

  • For federal employees, career development is crucial to professional growth and advancement. It often involves making choices that will be determined by specialization and range. Specialization allows employees to become experts in a specific field while range enables them to possess diverse skills and adaptability. However, specializing and developing expertise in a specific domain shouldn’t come with a narrow focus. Specialists should strive to see the big picture and look beyond their domain to see how all the pieces fit. This allows them to better comprehend (and implement) their agency’s/department’s vision, facilitate cooperation, streamline interdependencies, and contribute to the overall organizational resilience.