“None of us know what’s around the corner”.
I have very personal reasons for deciding to work in the financial sector; it’s a career where I can help others plan for their future.
I started out working for an IFA (Independent Financial Adviser) during my summer holidays; then worked at an Insurance Company whilst studying for a BA in Economics. I achieved a 1st Class Distinction in my degree (my final year dissertation compared how changes in Government Spending and Taxation affected the levels of Growth for Spain and UK after the 2008 Recession); and am currently studying towards my Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning. I aim to achieve Chartered Status by completing the Level 6 exams.
Outside of work I stay very active, playing squash, badminton, tennis, football and golf, plus going to the gym 4+ times a week.
And those personal reasons? In 2013 my mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological condition that currently has no cure. From the date of diagnosis my life has turned completely around and has made me see the world in a different way. I have learnt there will be good days and bad days, but with support and help you can try to make the most of what you have. I want to transfer this understanding to my career and help others plan for their future, because none of us know what will arrive around the corner. I also want to qualify in Long-Term Care Insurance and take the STEP qualification (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).
In September 2015 I completed a Charity Trek of the Great Wall of China and raised £3,300 for Parkinson’s UK – a charity dedicated to supporting families like mine and researching to find a cure.