Yes, you really can.

When I first saw the word upskill in another one of those generic and a wee bit silly articles about why you should leave your dead-end secretarial job to become a paralegal, I thought for a minute it read, “…it may be time to up and kill yourself.”

False alarm, there. Upskill, people, upskill. Build your vocabulary by using this brand new (and weird) word in at least 10 sentences today, but don’t be surprised if someone calls the police.

Besides the weird career jargon, I hate these kinds of articles, especially when they’re geared to newbies thinking about spending a lot of money to get a paralegal education and attempt to enter the profession in a down economy.

I wish, instead of over-hyping (it’s slang but fits right in with upskill) the excitement of the job, these articles emphasized the amount of sometimes tedious analytical and detail work required.

I wish they’d stop telling newbies stuff like “the opportunity for advancement is great” when it really isn’t in a typical legal environment, and say the ability to learn new things every single day, often with little to no advance notice, is crucial.

And I wish they wouldn’t say that we could be the next Erin Brockovich. We do make a difference in our clients’ lives, but the odds of unearthing corporate villains and getting a bonus check the size of Erin’s are about the same as winning the lottery.

Later, peeps. I’m going to go read the latest issue of PCWorld and upskill myself.

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