Firefighter to adviser: Ian O'Dowd on assessing the situation

‘I don’t go into burning buildings to save financial plans, but the same ethos rings true’

Isabel Baxter
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Continuum financial adviser Ian O’Dowd talks to Isabel Baxter about his career change from a firefighter to an adviser…

IFA Ian O'Dowd is based in Plymouth, Devon and joined the partnership in 2020. He has worked in financial services for 20 years, with 15 years spent as a financial adviser. He provides advice in relation to all aspects of financial planning from protection to pensions and investments. Before becoming an adviser, O'Dowd was a firefighter for ten years and worked on retained stations, which meant he was on call and could be called any time of day or night to attend incidents. During this time, he also developed his career as a financial adviser. "Having worked at a couple of stations...

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