I started with New Homes Mortgage Helpline in 2007 as a Mortgage and Protection Adviser before my promotion to Sales Manager
When I started with NHMH, we were a growing company, I had 3 years’ experience in broking, and felt a relative novice, however what was really beneficial to me I was suddenly surrounded by some very experienced and successful Advisers, I learnt more in my first 6 months at NHMH than I had learnt in the previous 3 years. The training and support I received from my Sales Manager and other successful Advisers was phenomenal.
The role is challenging, there is no getting away from that, and you need to have structure to the way you work. Initially I was working a lot of hours, however as you become more familiar with the role I started to structure and plan my time better, and suddenly I noticed the benefits to myself and my work life balance. If I could offer any tip to any Adviser joining, is understand this as soon as you can that it’s important to have structure in your week and days.
With good structure, I may work late but I have time in my days to do other stuff, and when people ask me how can I work the hours I work with a young family, I honestly laugh, because me and my wife have always seen my job as perfect. Yes, I have to work later, but, I take my children to school, I pick them up from school, I am able to go to most parents evening, Sports Day’s and class assembly. These things just would not be possible in a 9-5, office based role. I work really hard, but because of the flexibility of the role, I know that if I need to be somewhere I will work the evening before to make sure it’s done, freeing up time the next day. For us it has really worked well.
Further to that, although contracted to work Saturdays, I rarely do, and if I do it is just the morning. With a young family, this has always been important to me as it just mean I know that I have good, quality time for them when away from work. I would go as far to say that it’s been a perfect job whilst my family has been younger, as there are not many places you can earn an income as good with the flexibility it offers.
I have seen the company grow in a really positive way. The extra IT support, company cars, Death in Service, Pension Scheme, incentives such as Perkbox, to name but a few, and although we have grown and we are all based across the country, the company still has a sense of togetherness.
All in all, the proof for me is that after 11 years I still want to be here, I still enjoy working for NHMH, and on the more challenging day’s I know through experience it’s worth it.