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How To — Skills Building Session
By Alexis Kessler, Baldwin County ALP (Alabama)
We’ve all been there. You start a new job, maybe your first job in the legal field, and they begin by giving you “basic tasks” until you both feel more comfortable in your skill level. Sounds great, right? Until you begin to realize that your definition of “basic” and their definition of “basic” are two completely opposite things. So there you are sitting at your new desk with this “basic task” and no clue where to begin. You’re not sure if you should ask someone you work with because you don’t want to look like you don’t know what you are doing and you don’t want to do it wrong. Both give the same impression. Or maybe you’ve been there a long time and this “new job” is actually a promotion based on your proven skill level allowing you to start handling more advanced jobs. Now what do you do?
With this month’s topic, I am going to take a little different approach. Instead of trying to come up with a list of skills necessary to do our jobs, which could fill an entire library, I decided to use this month’s topic as a springboard into ways that you can learn new skills to stay on top of the requirements for your job. These may be skills that you already use or ones that you may not be accustomed to doing. Having the skills to do your job or knowing the skills required for a particular job is only part of the process. Knowing how to find the answers/training necessary to learn/improve the skills that you may already have/need is essential to your success.