Today we had time for large group question and answers, something akin to diversity training, the second part of “reporting out,” and a presentation on production.
The “reporting out” series was helpful, largely because it reinforced the ideas that:
- You won’t be writing an office action until your trainer has ascertained that you have a solid grasp on the application and your grounds for rejection or allowance.
- You are capable of doing the work in a largely independent fashion, even at this stage.
- You are expected to know when to ask for help, and help is available to you.
- You are not expected to know a great deal at this stage.
In addition, the lectures give us a sort of outline form to follow when reporting our cases to our trainers. This helps us get our work done more efficiently, and allows our trainers to concentrate on trickier areas when they arise.
The diversity lecture was very funny, as was expected.