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Career Stories | Jasmin Metwally, Associate Trainee, Helsinki

4 April 2023

Hi Jasmin, how are you?

I’m good, thank you!

You started your traineeship six months ago in our IP & Tech team. How did you end up as an associate trainee at Hannes Snellman?

I was looking for an associate trainee position and wanted to work particularly with matters related to IP and technology. Hannes Snellman seemed like a lovely place to work with friendly and professional colleagues. I also had the impression that I could work on a large variety of topics, which was important to me. After applying, I had an interview where I got to know a little bit more about Hannes Snellman and the team. Then, finally, I was glad to get a call offering the trainee position — which I of course accepted!

What was your first impression of Hannes Snellman?

The first impressions were all positive, I was welcomed by everyone, and my teammates were very friendly and helpful right from the start. I also got to know my fellow trainees in some activities together, which was nice.

How would you describe your normal workday? What kind of matters have you been handling?

My work includes a broad range of IPR matters and matters related to technology and data protection. In addition, I have gotten to work with matters related to consumer protection and public procurement. With such variety, all my workdays are a bit different. Usually, they contain multiple different tasks such as legal research, translating and drafting legal documents, working on presentations, and assisting in due diligence.

What has been the best and what has been the most challenging part of working as an associate trainee?

There are many to choose from! In my work, the best parts have been challenging myself and learning new things on a broad range of topics. I have also gotten to know and work with many wonderful people including my team members and other trainees. And let’s not forget the Christmas party! The most challenging parts have been balancing between multiple projects and diving into some topics that are completely new to me, although these have also been the best learning experiences.

How would you describe the Hannes culture?

The culture here is warm and welcoming but also driven and professional. I feel like we are all working towards shared goals, which lends itself to people helping each other.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I like doing sports in my spare time. I go to dance class twice a week and to the gym regularly. During wintertime, I enjoy ice swimming. I have noticed that doing sports is a good way to recover, especially during hectic times at work. In addition, I enjoy going for walks or just watching a good series.

What are your top three tips for future trainees?

  1. Be yourself
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  3. Be open-minded and curious to learn

One theme popping up in working life discussions is purpose at work. To conclude this interview, we would like to ask you what the things are that keep you going and motivated in your work — what is the purpose of your work?

For me, learning new things and challenging myself are important aspects of personal and professional growth. I also feel that having a team working towards shared goals helps keep everyone motivated. This way, I feel like my work contributes to my own well-being and growth and has an impact on our colleagues, clients, and society as a whole.

FAVOURITE | Way of Commuting: Tram; Book: Yuval Noah Harari – 21 Lessons for the 21st Century; Lunch: Poke bowl; Work Equipment: Laptop; Afternoon Routine: Cup of coffee and a snack; Mobile Application: WhatsApp; Relaxation Method: Watching Netflix; Work Outfit: A knitted dress or jeans and a blouse; Power Song: Coldplay – Viva La Vida; Website: (also the app); Social Media Channel: Instagram; Drink: Sparkling water; Weekday: Friday; Leisure Activity: Board games with friends and family


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