By chance, I saw a vacancy for a trainee patent attorney at NLO on LinkedIn. The vacancy really appealed to me, despite never having considered being a patent attorney. I recognised myself in the job description, so it felt good and I applied.
At first, this job takes some getting used to. I obviously had some work experience already, but you have to let that go. You need to start over again. However, because all the attorneys have been through the same process, they understand your situation and you are given the time to learn new things.
For me, completing your studies doesn’t mean that you have finished learning. If you want to grow in your career, you have to keep moving. This career switch may not be the easiest way, because it involves three years of hard work combining work and studying, but it’s a chance in a million. Once you start at NLO and you feel the connection, it’s really worth going for it.
From the very first day that I got here, I haven’t had any regrets. I still look forward to going to work every day and at the end of the day I always look forward to the next day. Yes, it’s hard work, certainly in combination with the training, but it just feels good.