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Case Study: Kevin Hird

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 14th May 2012

Kevin Hird

Course Choice: Domestic Installer Platinum Package

Goal: To change career.






1.       Describe your previous career and experience before you made the decision to retrain?

Whilst I have a degree in Chemical Engineering I decided to move into payment cards. I previously worked for American Express where I was responsible for the merchant side of the payment card business across a number of countries including Turkey, Greece and sub-Saharan Africa. I worked with many banks in a business development role which necessitated a lot of long haul business travel. The travel coupled with a having a little daughter meant I wanted to cut out the travel and have more flexibility in my job.

2.       What made you take the new direction and begin training as a domestic installer?

I've always enjoyed the practical side of things and as my dad was an Electrical Engineer I've learned a lot over the years.

3.       What are your plans for business now you are fully qualified?

I believe it's important to differentiate from the competition and whilst my company provides a full range of services I specialise in lighting design and installation and electric central heating.

4.       What is the best experience you have had so far in your new career?

Winning a major contract to design lighting schemes for a successful chain of estate agents in London.

5.       Any advice for anyone thinking of training as an electrician/domestic installer?

It's important to stand out from the crowd. This means not just being a good electrician but developing your brand and having a range of sales channels coupled with an online and real world marketing plan.

6.       Any regrets?

Not making the change sooner.

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