Learning doesn’t grow on trees

Blog by Julian Summerhayes. 341 words

CPD is hardly challenging. In fact, for those who insist on leaving things to the last minute, it is usually more out of luck than chance that they glean anything.

In-house training is no better, save that you may get more contribution from people to the subject area.

And there it … Ends …………

Nothing ………..

Lawyers will use the excuse that they haven’t got time.

Time for:

  • Reading the latest edition of the The Law Society Gazette;
  • A specialist publication;
  • Email alerts;
  • Blogs;
  • Podcasts;
  • Video; or
  • Attending on-line (free) courses.

If they do learn it is hit and miss, and probably focused on the most pressing or misunderstood issue of a matter.

But, and it it a b-i-g But, those that value their careers, will see self-development as the most important aspect of their career.

As Benjamin Franklin once remarked:

“Empty the coins in your purse into your mind, and your mind will fill your purse with gold.”

Or another of my favourites:

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Dereck Bok

You don’t become the Go To person in just doing the work. People need to know that you are excel in being the best at what you do.

This means investing as much as you can in your own education. It needn’t cost the earth, and once acquired it will stay with you for life.

Education shouldn’t just be expected of the firm. Yes, you have a right to expect support and encouragement, but just because you get rebuffed with your first or even second request, doesn’t mean you should give up.

Frankly, life is too damn short to remain in neutral. You are either growing or going backwards.

For me it was never a big ask. My sense of curiosity was stronger than any negative emotions that I might have had about the firm’s apparent unwillingness to support me.

Just like money, training doesn’t grow on trees. It is up to you to shake it hard and do something with the fruit that falls at your feet.

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