Suzanne Oliver


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“I studied Electronics at University and then I started work at Nortel Networks, a telecommunications company in Harlow, Essex as a graduate engineer in Research & Development.  After a few years, I left Nortel to work for a start-up engineering company in Cambridge, UK.  When this company ran out of money, I was out of job.  It was at this point that I wondered whether engineering was really for me.  So, I started to look at other opportunities, but teaching was really the only thing I could think of that didn’t mean throwing away in all studying I had already done. However, I wasn’t sure handling 30 kids on a day to day basis was really my thing.  Luckily enough, a friend of mine, now a partner in a London law firm, had just started training as a Patent Attorney.  He suggested it might be something that would suit me, as I would be learning something new, but not starting completely afresh.  So, I applied for some trainee positions and managed to get a role at a firm in Cambridge.  I took to it like a fish to water, as it combined my engineering experience with a high level of language and communication skills; something I have always been good at. Indeed, English and Law were both topics at school I had a real interest in. A few years later I moved in-house to ARM (a technology company) in Cambridge and I have never looked back!”

Patent Attorney / ARM / Cambridge

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