"You can get encouragement to hostility depending on what we are saying and who we are talking to," says Helen Wallace. A firm belief in the issues you are campaigning for and the ability to stand your ground are vital skills for lobbyists.
"UNESCO considers itself a laboratory of ideas, so you have to be able to anticipate new concepts" and get diverse groups of people to develop a shared vision, says UNESCO professional Meriem Bouamrane.
To be successful in this position the candidate must be a strong communicator and have an interest in intellectual property law. The candidate will participate in a patent law course and will be required to pass the United States Patent Agent Bar Exam within a predetermined amount of time.