Trainee patent examiner

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Hons), Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Caitlin was looking to move to Canberra from Perth and saw an advertisement on a jobs’ website for a patent examiner intake at IP Australia.

She did a Google search to try and find out more on what working here would be like. Now, as she explains, she ‘gets to look at inventions all day … before they go out to market’.

‘I [also] thought it was cool that high profile people like Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson had worked as patent examiners,’ she added.

With a background in mechanical engineering, once an area dominated entirely by men, Caitlin said she would advise younger women ‘to find people they find inspiring and follow in their footsteps. Not necessarily copy them, but think about the things that have got them to where they are and how they could use similar tactics’.

In regards to her work at IP Australia, Caitlin says she’s looking to be involved in education as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

‘While completing my degree I was very active with Robogals, a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology.’