Current Employer/Organisation Name
TMG Morrison Mortgage Team
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I started a career in real estate in London in the new business team at Foxtons, before moving to work for Innocent Drinks as a sales executive. After taking a short career break to travel (where I met my now wife in Vancouver), I transitioned to running digital marketing for a small business, before getting my mortgage broker license in 2020. I’ve been working in the industry ever since and been part of a team that’s funded over 350 mortgages.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I chose to be a licensed mortgage broker in BC, as you’re completely self employed, it also links well with my other work experience in sales, marketing and real estate. So it’s like running your own business, but within a structure and industry. Our role is all commission based, so although that has it’s risks, the harder you work the more you can earn, there’s no glass ceiling. I’m now involved with a SAAS product in the industry, as well as developing edcuation training for new brokers to help with the early years.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
I studied at the Cornwall Campus, and was a member and then chair of the campus choir for one year. I still enjoy singing and am a member of a local gospel choir here in Langley BC. I also had a composition scholarship for lessons at the Exeter campus for a year.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
I enjoyed the flexibility of human geography and being able to study a wide variety of different topics in depth. I learnt things that have not only been interesting but evident in real life such as geo-politics and modern consumerism. The trip to New York was also a big highlight of my time studying there, as well as being able to live and study in such a beautiful county!
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
I actually got my place through the clearance system fortunately, but Exeter appealed due to the reputation of the University and courses on offer.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
The best advice I could give is to remain flexible with what you’d like to do in your career, and be willing to make changes if a certain company or path isn’t right for you. People skills and being comfortable doing things out of your comfort zone are key. Networking and being able to connect with new people is a key skill that can accelerate your career and business.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Educate yourself on the industry and the in’s and out’s of being a mortgage broker in Canada. Join a team if possible to get experience first, before going out on your own and trying to make it as a solo broker. Especially if you don’t already have much of a network in Canada.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue helping to grow our team and business to our targets, as well as develop education tools for the industry and be involved in tech projects that can help make the industry and brokers in Canada better.