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career questions to ... Alexandra Doytchinova

1. What was your first job?
My first position was as a teaching and research assistant at the Institute for Civil Law and Private International Law at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria. In general, I really enjoyed holding lectures and working with students —and can admit that I miss this type of work.

2. What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t a lawyer?
I’d be in hotel management. I like the service-focused attitude, the seamless logistics, and the fact that good hotel managers thinks one step ahead of their clients. Actually, that’s not all too different from our job.

3. What do you consider your biggest achievement in your career?
I have been managing Schoenherr’s Sofia office since its establishment in 2004. However, my biggest achievement isn’t the establishment and the development of the Sofia office, but rather setting up and managing our wonderful, powerful, and spirited team.

4. Which song would you choose as the soundtrack of your life? Why?
"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen. There is a line "'Cause I'm having a good time" and that really says it all.

5. Who or what has had the biggest influence on your life?
I have been lucky enough to meet so many fascinating people and experience exceptional moments and have tried to learn and take with me a bit from everyone and every occasion.

6. What do you like to do when you are not in the office? (or on Sundays)

7. What’s your favourite place on Earth?
Where my favourite people are.

8. What do you like the most about being a lawyer?
The satisfaction of having successfully supported someone.

9. What is the most challenging part of your job?
That the day only has 24 hours.

10. If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?
Being able to read the minds of the bad guys.

11. Are there any (other) new skills that you want to develop this year?
Learning to delegate and to stop to being the bottleneck for all tasks.

12. Looking back 15 years from now, what would you like to have accomplished in your life?
Achieving a good balance between a well-done job and a joyful life.

13. What career advice would you provide to others?
If you don’t have a good time doing your job, then it’s not the job for you.

14. Why do you think someone should join Schoenherr?
You‘d be very hard-pressed to find any other firm that offers such professional expertise combined with an exceptional team spirit.