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New college brigade have lot to learn

I have just returned from holiday and was interested to read the comments of Julian Stevens, Searching in vain for a true professional.

I can relate to the proposition that Julian finds himself in. Having considered the position and approached the way he did, I may have also tried the opposite approach – find the IFA of tomorrow and breed my own successor(s).

What a waste of time and energy. The members of the recently left college brigade that I have interviewed in the past two months have no idea how to be interviewed, no idea how to prepare for an interview and believe they should be able to walk into a level that equates at least to middle management.

One of them told us he wanted to be an IFA. When asked why, all he could say was he was good at maths.

Stick with it Julian. I have managed to establish good contacts with several IFA practices in my locality and we are just working closer together without going that final step but I suspect that final step will come for some of us in the not too distant future. By that time, we will be absolutely certain that it is the right thing to do and be convinced that we are as professional as we initially came across as being.

Mike Stannard



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