Joe Dollin works for the Attachmate Group, protecting the company's intellectual property.
What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study your course here?
The University of Surrey has a reputation as one of the leading law degree programs, great connections with the College of Law (now University of Law) and legal firms and a fantastic law library and campus.
What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?
My Jurisprudence lectures lead by Dr Jane Marriott. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring legal theory and applying these theories to relevant legal issues of today. In addition the diversity of the student body led to intellectually stimulating discussions during the lectures.
What is the one thing you would say about Surrey, or the course you studied, to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
The support I received from my lecturers was incredible; not only are they accessible but they have a vested interest in ensuring that you succeed.
How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?
Playing ice hockey whilst managing a demanding degree course instilled in me hard work, discipline and time management skills which have served me well not only when I was an athlete and student, but also as a solicitor and businessman.
Where has your career taken you since leaving Surrey? What do you find most enjoyable about your line of work and why?
I qualified as a solicitor in 2011, but because of the effects of the global economic crisis my firm was not able to offer me a permanent position.
I saw this difficult situation as an opportunity to gain experience in the technology sector from the business side. I joined Good Technology, a Silicon Valley start-up that at the time had just over 200 employees worldwide, and then worked for BrightEdge, another tech start-up that had only 3 employees in the United Kingdom. I plunged myself into the start-up culture and soon became engrossed in learning about software, mobile phone applications, c-program, encryption and computer networks.
I used this time away from the law to reflect upon the direction of my career. Having seen both the legal and the business side of the corporate world, I knew I wanted to return to law and to specialise in intellectual property. I currently work for the Attachmate Group protecting the company's intellectual property and will be attending Stanford Law School this fall, where I hope to deepen my knowledge of intellectual property and technology law further in the heart of Silicon Valley.
What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
Opportunities don’t present themselves - you have to create them. Therefore, gain as much experience as you can even if it means undergoing unpaid work experience or internships.
Is remaining connected with the alumni network important to you?
I am a firm believer in networking and developing relationships with likeminded individuals. The alumni network is one forum that I am able to do this in.