Go For Opportunities and Use Them To your Advantage With Adam Fisher

Since the young age of 16 Adam has only ever had two employers but don’t let that fool you, this is no ordinary story.

Knowing that university wasn’t the right path for him, Adam started work at a local restaurant without knowing what he wanted to do in his career.

After a management change, his hand was forced and he took a new role in a call centre for a bank. He wanted to make the move into a “career job” with multiple opportunities. Adam Started at the bottom and work up to the highest level he wanted to be in the call centre, a duty manager.

Often one to shy away from discomfort, Adam went for a secondment role in financial crime at the bank’s headquarters in London. He left all his close friends, family and girlfriend (now fiancée) to peruse the next stage of his career.


Adam’s Key Takeaways 

  1. Go for opportunities and use them to learn new skills.
  2. Build your personal brand where possible.
  3. Don’t be worried about what you’re stepping into.


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Top Quotes

  • ‘”I never had any interest in going to University.”
  • “So when I finished college and didn’t know what to do I stayed on full-time.”
  • “I progressed through every role and I still didn’t know what I wanted to do.”
  • “The management changed and I moved on to a completely different career in a call centre for a bank.”
  • “Again I progressed from the basic level to a deputy manager.”
  • “I tried to focus on a career job.”
  • “I knew I didn’t want to be a people manager.”
  • “I decided just to throw myself out there and do something I’d never done before and it involved moving to London from Sheffield.”
  • “I actually moved down without my girlfriend, everything was against me.”
  • “If I did go back to Sheffield I would have moved roles.”
  • “I didn’t really know what I was stepping into.”
  • “I wasn’t fully confident that I could do it properly.”
  • “I kind of lived my student life in my working life.”
  • “I’d just say yes to stuff and I started to get noticed by people in London.”
  • “Building your brand gives you more opportunities.”
  • “I worked on a big case and it got me noticed.”
  • “I felt like I had a lot of pressure over me.”
  • “After my secondment, I applied for a full-time role in London.”
  • “They don’t take kindly to alternative dressing in a big corporate.”
  • “After eight months I moved back to my original role.”
  • “Risk is different in different business units.”
  • “I’ll never forget seeing you in a wetsuit for the first time.”
  • “I’ve only had two employers but I’ve moved quite a lot within both of those.”
  • “I still put my hand up to do things I wouldn’t ordinarily have the confidence to do.”
  • “My life was lead by career and now my life is leading what my career is.”
  • “It’s widened my horizons.”


Key Timestamps


  • 1:18 – Where it all started
  • 2:22 – Still didn’t know what I wanted to do
  • 4:00 – Why restaurant to call centre?
  • 4:40 – Forcing my hand
  • 6:05 – Caught up in the culture
  • 7:15 – What do I do now?
  • 9:08 – A comfort blanket
  • 10:40 – I went for it
  • 11:00 – Exposure to senior management
  • 11:46 – Imposter syndrome
  • 12:38 – The move to London
  • 13:40 – The new role
  • 15:46 – “Building your brand”
  • 17:15 – Doing the leg work
  • 18:35 – Applying to stay in London
  • 19:52 – My new role and back again
  • 21:14 – New opportunities
  • 24:38 – The biggest thing
  • 25:00 – Was it worth it?
  • 26:30 – Life and career and coming full circle