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Embracing the "T-shaped" Skillset

In today's dynamic work environment, the ability to specialise while also possessing a range of complementary skills is a true game-changer.

This is often referred to as being "T-shaped" – excelling in one area while also having proficiency in related fields.

As a 3D Game Artist, my forte lies in crafting rich 3D character models.

However, I've found that the real magic happens when I extend my expertise beyond modelling.

So I can rig, animate, UV unwrap, and hand paint these models, creating a holistic skill set that enables me to bring characters to life in more dynamic, and captivating ways.

Here are some tips to cultivate a "T-shaped" skillset:

1️⃣ Master Your Core Skill:

Start by honing your expertise in your chosen field. Become the go-to person for that specific skill.

2️⃣ Diversify with Purpose:

Identify adjacent skills or knowledge areas that complement your specialisation. These should enhance and amplify your core skill.

3️⃣ Continuous Learning:

Stay curious and open to learning new things. This keeps your skill set fresh and adaptable to evolving industry demands.

4️⃣ Collaborate and Network:

Engage with professionals from various disciplines. This not only expands your horizons and knowledge but also opens up opportunities for cross-disciplinary projects.

5️⃣ Share Your Knowledge:

Don't keep your expertise to yourself. Share insights, tips, and experiences with your network to foster a culture of continuous learning.

Remember, being "T-shaped" is about versatility and adaptability.

It's about harnessing the power of specialisation while also having the agility to navigate adjacent areas.

Embrace it, and watch how it transforms your professional journey. 🚀

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