When I was training to be a translator and interpreter, I learned a bit about the law and it immediately interested me. I joined a temporary employment agency, and they placed me with a patent agency. My point is that it doesn't matter what kind of background you have. What is important is that you enjoy discovering new things and that you’re keen to know more about patent law. If that sounds like you, then I’d say: 'Go for it!' You’ll learn as you work and gradually gain a thorough knowledge of the profession. You’ll also be trained to become a Formalities Officer, and then everything will start to fall into place. I admit it took some time to get used to being back in school, but pairing schooling with your evolving work experience can make all the difference.
I love the extensive variety in my job. No day is the same and you’re never made to do robotic, routine stuff. One minute you’ll be working alone on your own tasks and the next you’ll be going through piles of work as part of a team. I really enjoy working with others on a shared goal. It’s this that’s helped me find my feet so quickly. After just a month, I felt as though I'd been here for years. It's almost like being at home!