Michael Oglesby, director of Ardent Financial Planning - My First Job

PUBLISHED: 12:42 10 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:16 20 February 2013

Michael Oglesby, director of Ardent Financial Planning - My First Job

Michael Oglesby, director of Ardent Financial Planning - My First Job

Michael Oglesby, director of Ardent Financial Planning in Stillington, York, sums up his career

Michael Oglesby, director of Ardent Financial Planning in Stillington, York, sums up his career

What was your first job?
I worked on a pig farm at Shipton-by-Beningbrough near York when I was 15. A schoolfriends dad worked there and got me the job during the holidays. It was great for a young lad: driving on tractors, mucking out and general pig husbandry. One of my other jobs was to encourage the pigs to breed. I would gently tap the boar with a telescopic car aerial to steer him towards the lady pig.


What lessons did it teach you?
It taught me people skills. My mentor was the head pig man Norman Trimby. He was brilliant, very knowledgeable about pigs: I learned a lot from him. From a financial point of view, the farmers looked after the pigs with great skill to ensure they got a good return on their investment. It also instilled a work ethic in me as everyone was working at full tilt. It taught me if you work hard, you get rewarded.

How has your career progressed?
When I was looking for my first job in 1983 the economic conditions were as difficult as they are today. I applied for about 100 jobs and got three interviews. One was with National Westminster Bank which took me on as a trainee manager. I worked my way up to become an area field force manager in Ripon. A lot of our customers were farmers and I really enjoyed working with them again.

I went into private practice in 2000 and was then headhunted to provide pensions and investment advice at Ardent Financial Services. I bought the company in 2003.

Along the way I was offered jobs in both Canada and Australia. I was tempted, but I love living in Yorkshire too much I dont think theres a better place in the world.

What do you enjoy about your job now?
What I enjoy most is working with clients to grow their wealth, grow their businesses and help them plan for the future. We develop long-term relationships with clients I now advise three generations of the same family.

As a practice we strive to combine the old-fashioned values of personal service and honesty with all that is best in new technology.


Whats next for you?
Weve just relaunched the business as Ardent Financial Planning to build on our commitment to help families and businesses thrive at each stage of their lives. I expect our small team to grow, but not so quickly that we lose the personal touch.


What advice would you give?
Early on in my days at NatWest I was taught to always treat people as you would like to be treated. Its absolutely right. I believe that everyone has a fantastic life skill: once youve found what it is, dont be afraid to go for it.

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