Plumber to adviser: Jamie Little on transferable soft skills

‘People from different backgrounds bring other skills to the industry’

Hope William-Smith
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In this new interview series, Professional Adviser speaks with a range of people across the UK who have left their established career and turned their hand to financial advice.

Newly Certified financial planner Jamie Little had very little knowledge of the world of advice until a few years ago. While his best friend is a planner, the former plumber says he only knew the sort of work an adviser does at a "very, very basic" level. It's not an unfamiliar tale, with almost every financial services worker having either followed a parent into the line of work, or having dropped into it accidently. "I was not prepared to do it for the next 30 years," Little says of plumbing. "But I did not go to university and I did not have any other sort of higher education." ...

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