Colin Robinson, Ellis Bates Group - My First Job

PUBLISHED: 00:16 14 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:54 20 February 2013

Colin Robinson, Ellis Bates Group - My First Job

Colin Robinson, Ellis Bates Group - My First Job

Colin Robinson, an independent financial adviser at the Harrogate-based Ellis Bates Group, sums up his career so far

Colin Robinson, an independent financial adviser at the Harrogate-based Ellis Bates Group, sums up his career so far

What was your first job?
I worked in the artificial insemination sector of UK Zoos, specialising in camels (I wont go into too much detail, but lets just say it was a fully automated system). Between university terms I also worked in the camera/dark room of a small printing business in the North East, preparing negatives for printing plates for scratchcard tickets. Oh, and like most young boys, I had a paper-round.


What lessons did it teach you?
All my early jobs taught me that, even with a nave, starry-eyed graduates expectations, you still need to start at the bottom. Theres no quick route to gaining knowledge and, without this knowledge of whats happening on the ground, you cant raise your game to a higher level and support your team.

I also learned that its incredibly important to listen very carefully to the voice of experience, as some mistakes are irreparable. By learning from and listening to people who have been there and done it all before, its possible to avoid repeating their mistakes or, indeed, making your own.

How has your career progressed?
Clearly none of my previous jobs were going anywhere so, following an excellent grounding in the basics of investment and pension activity, I got
a position with Standard Life and am now thoroughly enjoying being a senior independent financial adviser at one of the largest IFA and general insurance practices in Yorkshire. A job that suits my brain and disposition.


What do you enjoy about your job now?
Its the people. Meeting clients, developing a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship and working through the life of the individual and/
or their business is hugely satisfying. The experiences garnered from my varied jobs earlier in life have helped me to understand that people approach their lives and finances in many different ways. My role is to interpret these approaches and find solutions which work for my clients in both the short and long term. It can be a difficult balancing act, but its also very rewarding to be able to help people.

Whats next for you?
I want to continue learning and developing my skills to ensure I always offer the best advice I can to my clients. Im also aiming for chartered adviser status by the summer. This is the pinnacle for the financial planning professional and the title is only awarded after a candidate completes a suite of qualifications designed to signal to the public that they are fit for purpose.


Id also like to write a book considering the maturity of man, improve my guitar playing and, when the time comes, retire to Spain.


What advice would you give?
Success is a journey not a destination, and only let a piece of paper touch your desk once.

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