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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #655 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 7:46am »
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on Oct 6th, 2006, 6:53am, advice needed wrote:
Do you have flexibility down the road? It would be fine for me if I could work for this art unit for 2-3 yrs then apply my skills somewhere else. I have varying expertise (bs in physics, ms in biochemistry, phd in chem engin) and have the contextual expertise to do so.

 
Switching art areas is a painful exercise.   One of the reasons your efficiency increases over time is the familiarity with the art achieved from searching the same categories countless times.   Moving to another art unit would mean starting over, but during your restart you would have high productivity expectations after 2-3 years of promotions.  
 
I'm aware of junior examiners who have switched art units because they were struggling with the technology, and of more senior examiners who switched to fill a need at the PTO for more examiners in a given area or because of some conflict in their old unit.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #656 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 7:54am »
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You could definitely have some flexability with those degrees, but 2-3 years might be premature although for a different reason than you might think. You'll probably come at gs9 at the lowest, and after 2-3 years you'll be looking at going onto the program (to become a primary examiner) and you won't want to switch arts in the middle of the program or just before. You are scrutinized heavily on the program. Takes about 2 years to complete. After that you will have the flexability you desire.
 
Just my opinion. I'm getting close to going on the program and wouldn't want to change now. Hope that helps.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #657 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 8:03am »
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Let me amend my last post from "you will have the flexability you desire" to "you will have a better chance of having the flexability you desire". Don't want you to think you will guaranteed be able to change after than.  
 
And Isaacs comment about juniors changing because they struggled with the art is true, but it was usually their first step out the door. I've seen it, but won't go into it further.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #658 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 8:21am »
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ouch.  Okay, thanks again.  Sounds like I should hold out for the right art unit.   Is it a good idea to discuss this with the hiring contact from the technology center?  Although I've only been contacted by one art unit, maybe there are openings in others that suit my interests a bit more.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #659 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 8:22am »
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Is it a good idea to discuss this with the hiring contact from the technology center?  Although I've only been contacted by one art unit, maybe there are openings in others that suit my interests a bit more.
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