Hertfordshire businessman gives "honest and frank" careers advice to aspiring students

24/12/2018 10:00:00
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Students from a Hertfordshire secondary school have been left “inspired and motivated” after receiving a career talk from a county businessman.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Redwood Bank, Gary Wilkinson, was asked to talk to Highfield pupils about his education, how he decided to pursue a career in banking, and the ups and downs he has faced along the way.
His speech covered advice on university and the best way to stand out from other graduates to secure a decent job.
He was brutally honest about how he had initially failed one of his professional accountancy qualification exams, a business venture that went wrong and how it took him a while to decide exactly what path he wanted his career to take.
Mr Wilkinson said: “It was a real honour to be asked to talk to the students, but I wanted to ensure I gave them the truth. My career has not been plain sailing the entire time, so I made sure I gave an honest portrayal of what has happened along the way.
“I told the students to take advantage of as many opportunities as they could, to be wary of pre-conceived ideas, to work hard and persevere in everything they do.”

Gary Wilkinson, CEO and Co-Founder

The students, who he presented to are at an important part of their education, as they are midway through their A Levels. For many of them, this marks the start of their future paths into employment.
The school’s Head of Business Studies, Tim Clark, said: “The real world of further education and employment can be a baffling and, sometimes, cruel place which is why we wanted our students to get an honest and frank prospective of what their futures may hold.
“We asked Gary to talk to them as he’s experienced such a varied and successful career with lots of pitfalls along the way. He really connected with the students and from what they’ve told us he’s truly inspired and motivated them.”

 Left: Gary Wilkinson, CEO and Co-Founder - Right: Tim Clark, Head of Business Studies

Redwood Bank was launched in August 2017, becoming Britain’s newest challenger bank for small to medium sized businesses.
Since its inception, the Hertfordshire-based bank has steadily grown, having significantly increased its work force and has won several industry awards for its pioneering approach to banking.
The Bank’s products include individually-assessed mortgages for business owners and professional landlords, as well as a range of Best Buy savings accounts, which is offered to charities, clubs and associations as well as businesses.

For further information, visit www.redwoodbank.co.uk

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Redwood Bank was launched in August 2017, becoming Britain’s newest business bank for SMEs and completing its ‘mobilisation’ phase just over four months after securing its initial banking licence in April 2017. Redwood Bank offers secured SME mortgages for business owners, as well as for experienced commercial and residential property investors. It delivers fast and efficient mortgage decisions to help their business customers seize property opportunities and also offers competitive business savings accounts. Redwood Bank was founded by Jonathan Rowland and Gary Wilkinson. It has a unique private-public ownership structure in which Warrington Borough Council has a one-third stake.