I’ve written before about the sobering number of new lawyers entering the market each year. I predict that due to the shortage of available positions for everyone, there will be some interesting career arcs for many of the new lawyers entering the market. Linkedin may be able to help connect these people with attorneys that have had interesting, different, or enviable career paths.
LinkedIn now has over 70 million members in its network. That means they have data on the career paths of 70 million different professionals. An interesting article from the Numerati describes what could be possible with access to this data trove:
Conceivably, the company could provide a service showing each one of us the paths that others took when they were in the same position we’re in now. It could diagram where those choices led. “Maybe he ends up deciding to be a high school math teacher,” Nishar says. In that case, he could find current math teachers who have followed that path and debrief them.
Nishar (LinkedIn’s vice president of products and user experience) says that this type of service, now under development, will be available by year end.
While the data itself may not be extremely valuable, being able to connect lawyers with others that have had interesting or different career paths sounds interesting. I’m curious if this is a service that would be worth paying for?
Would you be interested in a service offering like this? Do you think you can learn something from others that have had a path you would like to follow or do you think a career is not something that can replicated?
Let me know your thoughts.
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