From pipets to patents
September 28, 2012 8:08 AM Subscribe
From lab tech to law office. Help me be awesome!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Did a B.Sc, was a lab tech for a couple of years. Wanted something new and went on a job hunt. Extended networking got me talking to a partner of a small (4 person) IP law firm today, who seemed very impressed with my technical background. Got another partner to speak with me, he liked me too, and said he could see me going more as a tech consultant or paralegal-ish route depending on where I want to go. Got a call about 4 hours later offering me an entry-level (admin assistant) position, volunteering, for two weeks, and we will decide after that whether they'll keep me full time. I start this coming Monday.
I want them to keep me, of course! Didn't think the trial period would be this short though. I do not have any law background (did a lot of scientific research, which is what sold them on me - hence the talk about maybe developing me as a tech consultant if I want to go that route). Other than the usual show up early, be friendly, hardworking, etc., what will help me be the awesomest newbie in a law office? I am planning on looking up some refreshers on the more complex parts of MS Office and googling as much about IP law as I can. I'd appreciate any other tips!