I am working on a new idea right now and have a question for you. Even though my posts often focus on the formal legal education, some of you may know that I also have a strong interest in informal learning and professional development that happens on the job and outside formal training programs. It is a fascinating topic for me because that’s how we learn most of our adult life anyways. I suppose, informal learning becomes even more important these days because:
- Things change fast, and it can be hard to keep up without feeling overwhelmed.
- People change their places of employment and careers more often, so they have to learn effectively and efficiently to be able to make a quick impact.
- Some of us are Renaissance souls who just like to learn new things.
- Many companies face knowledge transfer issues as baby-boomers retire.
- In the legal world, law schools don’t teach all the practical skills lawyers need and at the same time law firms no longer have the time and capacity to train their young lawyers, so law graduates have to fend for themselves. It is even more important for those who start their solo practices or join smaller firms, which is the majority of law graduates.
With that in mind, I plan to start a free-membership community to have a conversation about how we learn informally and test-drive some of the approaches. Perhaps, we could share our learning goals, aspirations and stories, talk about what works and what doesn’t work, offer tips and support for our individual learning journeys. It would be nice to know how we can maximize our learning while doing what we would do anyways, but perhaps, with better approaches, structure and focus. It can be similar to weight loss support groups, except instead of losing pounds, we will be gaining knowledge. What do you think? My other site, Buddy-In-Law, which allows forums, wikis and other neat social networking things, can probably accommodate this.
If you think you may be interested to join, please send me an email to ana (at) lawsagna.com, I just want to gauge the potential interest. I’d also appreciate any suggestions you may have on categories and topics for discussions.