I took European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and always thought I would end up working in the public sector. But after an internship at the Dutch Embassy in Albania and an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation), I realised this wasn’t the best fit for me.
Ideally, I was looking for a large international company with a great reputation. Somewhere I could learn new things but also use my expertise and previous experience. It was also important to feel comfortable with my colleagues, and respected by them. I wanted my work to be challenging, helping me learn and grow.
When I joined Linklaters, one of the things that impressed me most was the level of support from my colleagues, including teams in London. In Amsterdam, we’re a medium-sized firm, so you really feel part of a close-knit community – but you also have the benefit of our huge mothership in the United Kingdom.
I was so impressed by the professional environment and the learning opportunities. My colleagues are hardworking, ambitious and highly intelligent. People respect each other for their expertise. Crucially, they’re willing to help out and they’re always grateful for the support you provide.
My greatest challenge is finding ways to best support our lawyers and save them precious time. Working in a field that isn’t your expertise can be difficult, but I’m learning a great deal from my manager who supports me on a daily basis.
If you’re ambitious and want to be part of an international firm, to take on new challenges and experience an open environment, Linklaters will be a great fit.