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Leading Lights Careers


Work your way up


established, however, was that I wanted to work in the country, with country property. My interests were fuelled further by an informal chat with one of my parents’ friends who was a Land Agent and who I liked enormously. Having decided on a profession, I found that the place to study was Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, where I had three superb years. After that, I got what I thought was the most interesting


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Charlie Mayhew’s gap year was a life- changing experience


Call of the wild! A Charlie Mayhew, Founder and CEO of Tusk Trust


s a young boy, I was introduced to Africa via films such as Born Free which fired my imagination. When I came to leave Wellington, to go on a gap


year, I had no hesitation but to head for Africa. It was a decision that has shaped my life ever since! Like many school leavers I didn’t


know what I wanted to do. To my parents’ horror, I decided to give up the university option and take a second year out. I ended up doing a host of jobs from cooking in the Alps and working as a deckhand on a Norwegian tanker ship to Australia and sheep shearing near Perth. I returned to the UK and


secured my first “proper” job as a marine insurance broker. The pay was awful, so I used to moonlight as a DJ in the evenings. After four years broking, I hatched a plan to lead an expedition from London to Cape Town and my employers generously agreed to sponsor me. The seven-month adventure of a lifetime had everything – romance, drama, accidents, political intrigue – and that was just crossing the Sahara! We agreed to undertake a number of projects, but


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erecting the perimeter fence for a new rhino sanctuary at Lake Nakuru in Kenya was perhaps a pivotal moment as it was then that I first became conscious of the huge threat to Africa’s wildlife. Back in London I joined a financial intermediary firm


before going on to set up my own business, but Africa was always calling and in 1990 Tim Ackroyd and I co-founded Tusk Trust. In 2005, Prince William agreed to become our Royal Patron and I decided it was time to give up my commercial career and focus all my efforts on building up the charity. I have no regrets – I count myself lucky that I love every minute of my job. Today Tusk supports more than 40 projects across


Africa combining sustainable community development and education initiatives with wildlife conservation. For more information visit: www.tusk.org


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Justin Marking extols the virtues of internships, even if you start at the very bottom


job available – in the Investment Department of the Prudential, which gave me, at a remarkably young age, a good view of the leading property companies. I soon worked out that each has a different ethos, culture and style and I was really fortunate to be head hunted by Savills in the 1980s to work in their Country Department. About five years later I was given the opportunity to work for Savills in Paris and would advise any young person to take the chance of working abroad; it broadens the way you think about the world and it’s great fun. I returned to the UK to look after the Agricultural Agency side and work with the legendary George Ing. I can’t over-emphasise how important it is to have a mentor you respect. I have focused on five-year


phases in my career, concentrating on working hard in whatever role I had at the time. This even applies to when I joined and was responsible for the photocopying machine and making coffee. The value of internships can


Not everyone knows what they want to do when they leave school, but trial and error can lead to some fascinating and rewarding careers


never be underestimated, but do research the company before you arrive; be as cheerful and as helpful as you can. Ask questions, seek advice and at the very least you may discover what you don’t want to do and at best, you may be asked back to start your career by making coffee.





Justin Marking, Head of Residential Agency, Savills


hen I was at school, I had the notion of being a Gamekeeper, but having a quick look at the maths made me rethink. What I had


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