While attorneys are required to stay up-to-date on emerging issues via continuing legal education (CLE) credits, there’s no such requirement dictated for the litigation support profession—unless, of course, you count industry demand.
That doesn’t mean formal, ongoing education isn’t important; in fact, our team has learned it makes us more successful in more ways than one.
While the blog post by Wendy King quoted here is from the Relativity blog, and is, obviously, geared toward Relativity training, I think the benefits of formal, and informal, training are pretty universal for all industries.
Bottom line, you’re either learning new skills, or you’re being left behind. If you take the time to develop new skills, and further your knowledge, you’ll be better off, whether your company helps you do that or not. That makes training an investment in yourself, either by having the company invest in you, or doing it yourself.
And really, if they don’t help you develop new skills, you should be developing them on your own to help you find another place to work. 😉
How much are you investing in yourself?