IFAonline asks industry figures to share their true feelings. This week: Financial Services Authority technical specialist Rory Percival opens up...
What one thing do you most admire about the industry?
The ability [of advisers] to help clients realise their life objectives. I have a technical background but am very interested in the more touchy-feely life planning and counselling side.
What do you most dislike about the industry?
That the industry is male dominated. I spent ten years working for an IFA where the staff was almost entirely female. It's a shame there aren't more female advisers.
Tell us a joke?
Nicked from Tim Vine: "Crime in multi-storey car-parks. That's wrong on so many levels".
FSA technical specialist opens up
What, if you could, would you tell your younger self?
Do more now. Carpe Diem. I've been very lucky with my career and haven't made any major mistakes; I've only moved jobs three times and they have all worked out.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a policeman, so maybe regulation was always in my blood. But later I was unsure what I wanted to do and fell into financial services. If I did it again, I would be an archaeologist.
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