Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Book Recommendation: My Job Went to India

Offshore outsourcing is something that we, as paralegals, need to be prepared to counter. It is happening, as more Indian lawyers are trained in U.S. law to do work for less than the cost of an in-house paralegal. However, we do not have to accept this as an eventuality.

In My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job (Pragmatic Programmers) by Chad Fowler, ways to keep your job while outsourcing happens all around you are detailed. The book is written for computer programmers, but I found it to be very useful for paralegals as well, with some creative reading between the lines. There are some sections that can be skimmed, but for the most part, this book is brimming with useful advice for professionals who want to build their careers and keep their jobs in the U.S. For those that have already seen work in their firms outsources, Fowler offers advice to distinguish yourself from others by working with and providing leadership for the offshore team.

In fact, in order to avoid the fate that has befallen programmers, I strongly recommend every single paralegal pick up a copy of this book and read it from cover to cover. It's a fairly quick read, and Fowler peppers his advice with examples from his own experience as a programmer AND as a jazz musician.

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