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Brew model adviser: 10 advice fresh faces reveal their first jobs

Although one adviser got his start as a professional footballer, for others it was brewing tea and avoiding barks and bites on the newspaper round. 

James Greenly

Financial planner, Capital Asset Management

‘My first job was at RJL IFA doing administration and making cups of tea. I can’t believe it’s been more than nine years since then.’

James Greenly

Financial planner, Capital Asset Management

‘My first job was at RJL IFA doing administration and making cups of tea. I can’t believe it’s been more than nine years since then.’

Charles Chami

Director, Glamis IFA

‘My first job was at 14 years old as a waiter at a local pub. I was actually demoted to washer-upper, so it was a poor start to my working life.’

Jenny Ives

Financial planner, Goodmans Financial Planning

‘The first money I ever earned was from a newspaper round in South Africa and had to beware of vicious dogs. The tips at Christmas and New Year were worth risking life and limb.  

‘The first proper job I had was as a catering manager for The Sunday Times where I met my now husband.  They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. ’

Andrew Mina

IFA, Partners Wealth Management

‘I worked as a barman at Harvester during my A-levels, taking drink orders and figuring out what needed to be done. I learned how to make a mean Rocky Horror as well!’

Kevin McCann

Financial adviser, Independent Benefit Consultancy

‘To leave school to play professional football was a great achievement. My first club was Hibs and I don’t regret anything. It was a great time in my life. I’m privileged that was my first job.’

Liam Taylor

Paraplanner, Concerva

‘Aged 16 I got a job at JJB Sports to save up for one of the first iPods. I earned £3.22 an hour selling trainers, with some insubstantial commission.’

Ciaran Stark

Business innovation manager, Murphy Wealth

‘My first job was as a waiter at a seafood restaurant in the Northwest Highlands. It was quite good, and it was something to do. You need to have something to do when you live up there!’

Adam Carolan

Director, Xentum

‘I worked in the family business and I also waited on corporate hospitality boxes at Manchester United.’

John Steptoe

IFA, GP3 Financial Solutions

‘A summer job at Bond Street Saab, helping to seal envelopes for mailshots. It wasn’t particularly rewarding but it brought in some pocket money.’ 

Nick Rippon

Financial adviser, Rippon Financial Management

‘I worked in a restaurant three or four nights a week before I started working here,’ says Rippon. ‘I came straight here from school so I didn’t benefit from a summer holiday that year!’

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