Paul Allen

After gaining A-Levels I went onto study for my degree in Business and Financial Management at Hull University. After graduating from University, Paul decided to spend 6months looking at whole life coasts for the Nimrod aircraft.

During my two years at Wilberforce College, I studied for 3 A-levels in Accounts, Business Studies and Information Technology. I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at Wilberforce and I have to admit that the accounts class was the single most difficult class I had and that goes for University as well! Undoubtedly, without the assistance and teaching style of my Accounts teacher, Martin Daley, I wouldn’t have got the B Grade I did. Whilst I may have achieved higher grades throughout my academic life, this was definitely the most satisfying result!

After gaining my A-Levels I went onto study for my degree in Business and Financial Management at Hull University. During my degree I took up the opportunity to do some work experience as an Accounting Trainee at the University of Hong Kong. After graduating form University and receiving a number of offers from top accounting firms, I decided to turn these down and instead I spent 6 months working on an estimating project, this was looking at whole life coasts for the Nimrod aircraft.

This was followed by another 6 months in a government role for the Air Systems division of BAE Systems and after working there for 12 months I then moved down
to work in their Head Office in Farnborough, Hampshire. There I worked in the Industrial and Business Development area. I found this an incredible area to work in and truly fascinating. The 6 months soon flew by and I found myself moving onto my next placement.

Johannesburg, South Africa was my next stop and there I worked with in a small commercial team preparing bids, estimates and contract negotiation for tanks and small armoured vehicles for the domestic African markets as well as exports to the Middle East and Australia. This was an amazing experience, so much so that I didn’t actually want to go back to my full time job back in England.

As a result, I accepted an offer from Coutts and Co in London to join their Private Banking training Scheme. I now find myself 14 months into a 20 month scheme with the end result seeing me qualify as a Private Banker and receive my own book of clients! In my banking role I have to undertake a few professional exams, so far I have completed my Securities Investment Institute qualification which is the bench mark qualification for the banking industry – Certificate in Investment Management and I will be undertaking one more qualification which is the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice. In my role I am fortunate enough to see the high profile side of the business as I am working in the Sports and Entertainment client group.

I am currently in the process of starting up my own company, Northc Limited and hope that through this I will be able to give something back to Education.