This was my longest work experience where I grew up as a professional. I started as an intern and towards the end - when I made the decision to go leave overseas - I was the head of international projects of the Company and participating in Meetings with Vice-Presidents who knew exactly who I was.
I learned not only about Intellectual Property but how to act professional and be productive under pressure and with very tight deadlines. I had to be organised at all times as at some point I had no supervision.
The Company went through a lot of changes and I had to be resilient and know the moments when I should speak my opinion and the moments I had to focus on work and forget some personal issues taking place in the department.
I also learned that other departments projects had to be as important to me as they were to them. And above everything I had to be a team player.
My former co-workers made every sacrifice and long hours of work worth it. We supported each other and were there for one another no no matter what the situation was. We were strong together and we knew that it was because of the team.
I had - and still have - true appreciation and admiration for my co-workers at BRF.
The hardest part was managing a large number of projects at the same time. The IP team in Brazil was the focus point of this multinational company and only one co-worker and I spoke English well enough to be able to deal with the international tasks.
We had to be incredibly organised, fast paced and had to communicate with each other all the time to make sure everything was in order. It was stressful but as we were a good team, we always had everything absolutely under control.
The most enjoyable part of the job was being constantly challenged after 02 people in the team were fired and I suddenly had to be responsible for tasks that my former boss would be. It was deeply enjoyable to watch people trusting me more and more with complex projects and confidential subjects.
My corporate manager was a lawyer thus she expected us not to make any mistake as our obligation was to protect the departments that were counting on us with their projects. We never failed.