Students are often overwhelmed by too many subject choices and don’t really know which one they should pick when they go to college.
I believe the so-called T-Model is the best approach to learning.
The vertical bar on the T represents the depth of a certain skill and expertise in a single field, whereas the horizontal bar is the ability to collaborate across disciplines.
Simply speaking, a generalist with a specific skill would be the most sought-after talent in the future.
Every job will require some sort of collaboration across several fields.
For example, digital marketing combines digital technology with marketing knowhow. AI or robotics, to state a case, is finding its way into medical applications.
The key is to change with the times and constantly find new ways to integrate what we know with real-life scenarios.
Meanwhile, our everyday life is increasingly affected by data. How can we capture that opportunity?
Many young people would opt for related subjects to understand how data is collected, processed and analyzed.
But whether such data knowledge can be applied to real-life situations depends on two things, knowledge foundation and flexibility of one’s vision and mindset.
I’ve been trying new things in recent years. The first question that pops up on my mind is always how to use my knowledge to change the traditional way of doing things so as to achieve a better outcome.
One single skill is no longer enough. To unleash the full potential of our professional knowledge, T-model is the way for us to stay relevant and future-proof.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Dec 14
Translation by Julie Zhu
[Chinese version 中文版]
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