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Linh Mai

International Assistant

“Working at the Firm has taught me that I am capable of far more than I ever thought. It has also enabled me to develop a greater appreciation for discipline, consistency, and hard work.”

What are some of the biggest differences between studying in Japan and working in Japan?

There is more flexibility when studying in Japan to explore different areas of interest that sometimes may not necessarily be related to the field of study. However, working in Japan, especially in a law firm, will require a greater commitment to meeting clients' expectations as well as mastering specific skills for job performance. There are many rules and regulations to adhere to, and a high level of professionalism in the workplace is required.

What is the most important thing that working at the Firms has taught you about yourself?

Working at the Firm has taught me that I am capable of far more than I ever thought. It has also enabled me to develop a greater appreciation for discipline, consistency, and hard work. It also taught me the importance of taking responsibility for my work, being proactive in problem-solving as well as how to be resilient in challenging situations, and persevering even when things seem difficult.

How would you describe your co-workers?

They a diverse, talented, and hardworking group of people. I admire their strong work ethic and professionalism to ensure that all tasks are completed efficiently while having a good sense of humor, which makes it enjoyable to come to work every day. Everyone here is very friendly, supportive, respectful, and willing to help each other out whenever needed.

When I am not at work, I ...

most likely watching movies, reading books, exploring new hobbies, or just simply relaxing.

What have been your 3 fondest leisure experiences in Japan?

Explored the temples and shrines of Kyoto - mesmerized by the beautiful architecture, spiritual atmosphere, and ancient history of this incredible city. Tried skiing for the first time at a ski resort in Yamanashi prefecture - discovering what it's like to push myself out of the comfort zone while learning something new. Took a hot spring bath at Takeo onsen and enjoyed stunning views of Mt. Mifune - an unforgettable experience that allowed me to relax both my body and mind.

I am looking forward to experience

the opportunity to learn and stretch my capacities to its fullest potential or explore new places and meet interesting people.

Do you feel like you're having an impact directly on the clients that you work for?

Certainly. As part of my role as an international assistant, I am often responsible for helping clients understand their rights and responsibilities while ensuring that deadlines are met. Further, I provide detailed support and assistance to the Japanese staff in delivering their advice or recommendation to facilitate their work with clients. By doing so, I believe that I am contributing to ensure that our Firm is able to serve its clients accurately and efficiently while protecting their rights throughout any given case.

What is the best thing about being a part of a global team?

It creates an opportunity to collaborate with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. This not only broadens collective knowledge but also stimulates creative thinking, generates more ideas, and provides access to wider networks. I also think that working in teams allows for greater diversity and can lead to more efficient problem-solving as well as better decision-making.

What are the challenging or difficult aspects of your work?

Adapting to the company's fast-paced working culture, learning new legal terminology and laws specific to Japan that can be difficult to understand or interpret accurately, long working hours, and strict deadlines. Moreover, given the global scope of the cases, it is necessary to communicate and work with foreign associates, who may have their own set of instructions and expectations, which can present unique challenges when trying to complete tasks.

What advice would you give a potential new colleague?

Take the initiative and make the most of your time. Show enthusiasm and passion for your work, ask questions when you need clarification, prove yourself as an asset by being proactive with tasks, and always keep learning from others so that you can continue growing professionally.

What three words describe the Firm best? First in English, then in your mother tongue.

Professional - Chuyên nghiệp
Client-focused - Tập trung vào Khách hàng
Quality-driven - Chú trọng vào Chất lượng

What was the most pleasant surprise you experienced at work?

The Firm’s Year-end Party. We got to dress up and enjoy a night out with all of our coworkers from other offices, which really helped us build relationships outside of the working environment. The food was absolutely amazing and there were lots of fun activities that we could participate in as well.

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