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What hard skills should someone in your field have?

9th grade, interested in understanding more about careers, law, sports, and military.

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Doc’s Answer

Kayla lawyers and attorneys can work across a variety of different law fields, and their professional roles can vary in responsibilities. However, these professionals have several key skills that are required to be successful in the job. If you're pursuing your career as a lawyer, no matter what field you choose to practice in, it's important you have the skills necessary to perform in the role.

COMMUNICATION – Lawyers need to be able to confidently speak in front of large groups of people. They should be able to eloquently voice their opinions and know-how to persuade and convince. Language is a huge part of law – and the best lawyers know that what they say counts. A wrongly used word or mispronunciation could make them lose credibility. So, if you’re great at speaking in front of a crowd and know how to win people over with the power of your voice, you might have the makings of a lawyer.

PEOPLE SKILLS – Lawyers don’t just interact with their colleagues. They interact with all sorts of people on a daily basis. Arguably, the most important people are their clients. A firm will need to compete with other firms, so lawyers need to be able to maintain good professional relationships with clients and assure them that they will do the best job. Lawyers also need to be able to interact with other members of the court, witnesses, administration staff and many other people regularly. It’s a sociable, interactive career which means that you’ll meet plenty of people.

TIME MANAGEMENT – Lawyers work under a great deal of time pressure. It’s a literal ticking clock situation. They will have a court date and will need to collect sufficient evidence within that time. They can’t be people who work at the last minute or ask for an extension. So, you will need to be able to work under pressure and not become easily distracted. A lawyer who procrastinates doesn’t get the job done.

RESEARCH – While lawyers spend plenty of time in the courtroom, they also spend a lot of time elsewhere, crafting their case and collecting evidence. This means knowing how to research. A lawyer will interview witnesses and gather information. It’s all about knowing how to use resources and connect the dots.

TEAMWORK – Working in law means knowing how to work in a team. Even the most successful lawyers rely on the help of colleagues and assistants. Lawyers deal with huge amounts of information, so they often pool together their resources and focus on separate areas of a case. Even the smallest cases aren’t won by one person alone: they are a team effort.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Attention to detail is highly important for lawyers, no matter their field of law practice. Lawyers work with diverse clients across many types of law practices, and these professionals rely on their attention to detail to spot inconsistencies in clients' cases, obscure witness information or other types of data related to the projects they work on.

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS – Client records, important documents and other records are a regular aspect of the profession. Many lawyers find methods for keeping their important documents and information organized and may often use computer applications to help them keep track of schedules, appointments, hearings and other job-related events.

With practice Kayla and the right attitude, you will develop the law skills needed to take on any challenge and be successful in the legal professional.

Hope this was helpful Kayla
Thank you comment icon Thank You Kim. Every person can make a difference, and every person should try. Doc Frick
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Leonardo’s Answer

Hello Kayla,

Your question is a bit broad, so I'll try to give you some guidance to help narrow down your research and pinpoint a more specific starting point.

Let's bypass the military for now. I have a colleague from Chicago who served in Iraq. She informed me that after her first year of service, the Army funded her education in any field she chose. She opted for Visual Effects (VFX) for film and has since become an exceptional professional in her field.

If you're considering a career in sports, the success rate can vary. I'm not certain about the situation in the United States, but 20 years ago, I was a part-time athlete while I was still in high school and college. Over time, depending on the discipline, you could transition into roles such as a trainer or teacher, or even venture into related industries like entertainment. For instance, if you're into gymnastics, you could consider a career in the circus.

As for Law, be prepared for extensive reading. It's a thriving field with numerous specializations to consider, including :

Criminal law
Labour law
Administrative law
Corporate law
Business law
Intellectual property
Family law
International law
Tax law
Health law
Environmental law
Immigration law
Constitutional law
Admiralty law
Dispute resolution
Comparative law
Public law
IT law
Competition law
Civil procedure
Criminal justice
Energy law
Media law.

So there is a lot of options and where to opperate

Regarding careers in general, could you specify which aspect you're interested in learning more about? I'd be happy to provide more detailed information.

No matter what you choose, be sure it motivate you and makes you happy (not gives you money, that is a wrong conception, is required balance, it pays well and makes you happy)

Feel free to respond or ask further questions at any time.

Best regards,

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Katherine’s Answer

Hello Kayla! I'm not sure which parts of the sports realm you are referring to, so I'm offering a couple of career trajectories in sports that you might find appealing. In the sports industry, there are several key skills that can greatly boost your career opportunities.

Firstly, being skilled in data analysis is crucial in today's sports scene. This skill helps people to break down and understand statistics, which can assist coaches, analysts, and managers in making informed decisions. Secondly, expertise in sports marketing can be a huge asset. Professionals in this field are able to effectively advertise and promote teams, events, and athletes by combining a deep knowledge of sports culture with marketing techniques.

Moreover, understanding the principles of nutrition specifically for athletes is also essential. This knowledge can help improve athletes' performance and recovery times, making it a key skill for sports nutritionists and dietitians. Being able to manage events is another important skill in the sports industry. Those who are good at planning and running sports events, no matter the size, can create smooth and unforgettable experiences for both participants and spectators.

Furthermore, knowing and understanding the rules and regulations of sports is crucial for jobs like refereeing or officiating, as it ensures fair competition and upholds the integrity of sports events. Effective communication skills are also vital in many sports-related careers, such as coaching, commentary, and public relations. These skills help to clearly express ideas and messages.

Lastly, being proficient in sports-related technology and software, like simulation tools and data analysis programs, provides individuals with the necessary tools to succeed in a variety of roles within the fast-paced and tech-driven sports industry.

Starting to develop these skills early can lay a strong foundation for a rewarding career in sports. All the best luck!
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John’s Answer

Good day Kaya, As an Electrician I need to have good communication skills.

John recommends the following next steps:

I need to have good comprehention of written and pictorial information.
Need to be proficient in math with a taste of algebra.
I need to know what tools to use and the safe and proper operation of them.
Then you must learn patience. Certain aspects of this trade is you never stop learning.
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Jacob’s Answer

It's great that you're exploring various career interests in the 9th grade. The specific hard skills required can vary widely depending on the field you ultimately choose, whether it's law, sports, or the military. Here are some hard skills relevant to each of these areas:

**1. Law:**
- **Research Skills:** Legal professionals need to be adept at researching case law, statutes, and legal precedents to build their cases or provide legal advice.
- **Writing and Communication:** Strong writing skills are crucial for drafting legal documents, contracts, and briefs. Effective verbal communication is essential for negotiations and court appearances.
- **Analytical Thinking:** Lawyers must analyze complex legal issues, identify relevant facts, and develop logical arguments.
- **Attention to Detail:** Precision is critical in legal work to avoid errors in contracts, filings, or arguments.
- **Legal Technology:** Familiarity with legal software and databases for research and case management is increasingly important.

**2. Sports:**
- **Sports Specific Skills:** Depending on the sport, specific skills like dribbling, shooting, tackling, or throwing are fundamental.
- **Strength and Conditioning:** Athletes often require strength training, agility, and endurance to excel in their chosen sport.
- **Nutrition Knowledge:** Understanding how nutrition impacts performance and recovery is vital.
- **Sports Science:** Familiarity with sports science concepts like biomechanics and exercise physiology can be beneficial.
- **Video Analysis:** Some sports careers involve analyzing game footage to improve team or individual performance.

**3. Military:**
- **Physical Fitness:** Being in excellent physical shape is a fundamental requirement for military service.
- **Weapon Handling:** Depending on your role, you may need proficiency in handling and maintaining firearms.
- **Navigation Skills:** The ability to use maps, compasses, and GPS systems for navigation is crucial.
- **Leadership and Teamwork:** Military personnel often need strong leadership and teamwork skills for mission success.
- **Technical Skills:** Depending on your military occupational specialty, you may require technical skills such as operating specialized equipment or vehicles.

As you continue your exploration of these fields, consider participating in extracurricular activities, courses, or workshops that align with your interests. Additionally, maintaining good academic performance in relevant subjects (e.g., history and government for law, physical education for sports, or STEM subjects for the military) will provide you with a solid foundation for pursuing a career in any of these fields. Keep in mind that soft skills like discipline, adaptability, and problem-solving are also valuable across all these career paths.
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Kayla,

I've dedicated my career to the field of nutrition and dietetics, working diligently as a dietitian-nutritionist.

We quickly come to realize the importance of teaching skills in our role, as we guide both our staff and clients on their food consumption journeys.

This ability to instruct is not just beneficial in our field, but also in law, sports, and the military, where guiding junior members can be highly effective.

Alongside our professional presentations, we utilize tools like Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat to disseminate information and educate.

We're living in the aftermath of the digital revolution. If we can master the art of creating software that instructs and educates, we'll be truly excelling in our roles.

While some argue that the rise of Artificial Intelligence will render programmers obsolete, I believe that there's still a need for human ingenuity - something that even the most advanced robotics can't replicate.

I strongly believe that the principles of psychology play a crucial role in educating clients and juniors at every level. The teacher's facial expressions, a part of the broader social skills, are among the first things to consider.

Maintaining a helpful and friendly demeanor is key, even in the face of stress. It's also important to communicate in a way that's easily understood, avoiding overly technical jargon.

Occasionally, professionals might offer food gifts, which are always appreciated. However, we must remain vigilant about potential infections.

The best thing we can do is to ensure we're accredited in our specialty and stay current with our knowledge. There are countless specialties within a profession, and we naturally find ourselves drawn to certain areas.

The unique blend of skills we bring to our work is only enriched by the addition of other abilities.

Wishing you all the best,