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Is it better to be an all-rounder, or to be quite good at something specific (like AI for example). Remember this is when starting out in the industry, so should you practice one thing and run the risk of "we''ve already got on of those" or is it better to be a jack of all trades, waiting to be moulded into a specific role? "I envy you, who has seen it all" "And I, young sir, envy you, who have yet to see it for the first time..." - Daniel Glenfield 1st October 2001

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Basically the more you know and can do the better. That is a pretty obvious statement but when it comes to getting a job you need to be able to prove to the employer that you can do what he wants you to do. Probably for a first job a generally good knowledge in many aspects of programming is what is required. However, once you have been in the business for a year or two you should be gaining knowledge and experience in more specific areas and will therefore be able to offer these areas of expertise to a future employer. You will probably find that as time progresses you will become an expert in certain area and that is what the employer will want you for.

This bisiness is so wide that it is not possible to be into everything so it is up to you too to choose an area that is of interest to you. It''s great if you can get a job doing something that you are both good at and enjoy.

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