As part of a new ongoing series, SB Recruitment is shining a light on a range of talented individuals who after many years traded in their longstanding careers to chase their dream jobs. It’s our hope in these uncertain times, that you can find solace and inspiration in the idea that it’s never too late to start again.
Having spent 15 years working within the finance industry, Daniel, 36, decided it was time to take his managerial and team leading skills and apply them to his own business venture within the financial sector. “I had various career opportunities and people invested significant time to help me progress in my field, but in 2018 I made the difficult choice to finish up and try something new.”
While Daniel had been dabbling in share trading ever since high school, he quickly realised his hobby could become a truly successful endeavour if he committed himself entirely to the cause. “I started doing my own research and playing around by pretending to trade money, and then when I felt comfortable, I started trading a bit of my own savings”, Daniel explains. “This helped me get a deposit for my home.”
Daniel’s aptitude for trading quickly morphed into a full-time venture, as he started investing more time understanding the market and putting together his own personalised trading strategies. With patience and persistence, Daniel was able to create a number of simple tactics that gave him consistent return on investment. “That’s when I ventured out on my own and became a full-time share trader.”
While Daniel admits it would have been nice to continue working in his former role while also dabbling in shares, particularly from a financial point of view, he realised it was time to do something for himself and take a risk. “At the time, when I was going through all of this, you would have needed to tell me to calm down,” Daniel jokes. “There was definitely an element of fear, as I was going from a regular income on a monthly basis to moving into an area where I knew I was going to have some good months and some bad months – so I had to be prepared for that.”
Daniel made a point of analysing what his new career could mean for his future, and what his life would look like if he stopped earning a consistent income. “I had to do a lot of planning around whether this was going to be an ideal situation for me.” But it wasn’t all about finances. Daniel also recognised the need for a level-headed approach and a true understanding of what meant most to him in life. “It really was about that work/life balance, I needed time out,” he admits. “Now it’s nearly three years later and I’m still in that happy zone.”
Thanks to the support of his family and friends, Daniel’s continued success has seen his confidence as well as his portfolio continue to grow. “I accepted the risk and also the fear of the unknown,” he explains. “I’ve always been a fence sitter, but I think sometimes you just have to give it a shot.”