TFI - Brian Jack

TFI - Brian Jack

 16 Mar 2018

The Friday Interview
What is your name?
Brian Jack
Where do you currently reside?
What do you do for a living in 10 words?
Run the cash desk for a large investment management firm.

1.  What did you want to do when you were a kid?

A commercial airline pilot (a jumbo obviously!) or guitar player/lead singer in a Thrash Metal band – guess kinda like Bruce Dickinson!

2.  What would you want to tell your 20-year-old self-knowing what you know now?

Don’t be scared to follow your own path, trust yourself and go with your gut - don’t listen to the naysayers. Easy to say when you have some experience but much harder to do when you are a little wet behind the ears. I wish I had someone tell me that early on in my career.
3.  What was the best piece of advice you received in your career?
Put yourself in your audiences shoes – whether that’s a client or your boss. Oh and it’s better to seek forgiveness than permission!
4.  Who did you idolise when growing up?
James Hetfield – lead singer in the mighty Metallica (in case you didn’t know!).
5.  Do you have any morning rituals?
Can you count a double shot of coffee at the train station after running down from the house? Not very spiritual alas...
6.  What do you enjoy the most about your current job?
Working in a fast paced market environment, being surrounded by people smarter than me, the general banter on the desk and oh, if I’m honest – the money!
7.  Is there one book that you have read more than twice?
Dracula by Bram Stoker – I love a bit of Gothic Horror escapism.
8.  What memories do you have of your first ever job?
My first job was a graduate Mechanical Engineer. I was asked to calculate the required thickness of a pressure vessel for a large petro-chemical plant. This lead me to another thing I learnt early on – don’t be afraid to ask!
9.  What is an unusual/embarrassing thing that not many people would know about you?
I have a rather large tattoo on my arm of my favourite band. Apparently it’s a sign of mid-life crisis/corporate rebellion but I just kinda like it!


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