Dear future lawyers, Time to Brace Yourself. Your legal career is going to be impacted. To minimize the impact, you can follow these 5 things:
- Personal Branding
Being on social media is one thing but creating a brand out of it is another. Build a website based or a video-based resume. Go get a domain name and do away with the traditional pdf resume.
Build a strong presence on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is not just about making connections. Go all in, post more often, share your thoughts & views. An amazing LinkedIn profile can directly land you up in your dream legal career.
Don’t ignore social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, etc. Remember, everyone googles everything these days. No wonder, your future employer will check out your background on social media.
The legal profession is all about communication. How & what you speak matters a lot. Going live or streaming online is probably the best way to improve your communication skills. Colleges haven’t opened yet and won’t be open anytime soon. Make the best use of what you have right now.
3. Copywriting Skills
I’m sure you know the difference between copyrights and copywriting. As a law student, one tends to write elaborated and stretches pieces of information and excessive usage of legal jargon. You should know the art of communicating more with fewer and simple sentences. In nutshell, that’s what copywriting is. This is “the” skill of 2021.
Everything’s changing. Thanks to covid, things are changing even faster. It’s time to learn the skills of the new decade. Learn about data protection, privacy laws, cryptocurrency, cyber laws, data science, trending business-related laws such as the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), both in the Indian as well as the global context. Also, make sure you really know the practical application of what you study during college. By the time you will graduate, there will be way lesser legal jobs that ever existed. Be ready to be on your own and jump right into the Gig Economy.
5. Finance Skills
Since the odds of you not getting your dream job are lesser now, be ready for the worst and start learning money management and personal finance skills. A little bit of business and finance skills will take you a long way in doing well in your career. Even if you do a job, this skill is a must-have. Brush up your fundamentals of saving, investing, and personal tax filing.