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WSJ careers brief: From financial services to football

News reaches the Wells Street Journal that Sesame Bankhall boss John Cowan was once in line for an alternative career in football.

Wycombe Wanderers, based in the footballing hotbed that is rural Buckinghamshire, are believed to have offered the Scot the role of chief executive in the early 2000s.

Cowan elected to stay in financial services, preferring to stick with a business he knows.

It was a wise choice. The football club has since found itself in financial difficulty and is currently bucket-rattling in an attempt to raise a £2m lifeboat fund from supporters.

That said, managing Sesame through a difficult period for the industry and an eventful time for the business has not been easy.

Since taking the reins last year, Cowan has set about steering the business through its transition to a restricted network of advisers, following a hefty fine from the FCA in the summer of last year. 

Have you ever considered an alternative career outside of financial services? Let us know @MM_WSJ

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