What were you doing prior to AJG Direct?

AD: After finishing boarding school in Hyderabad, I returned back to the UK and immediately began working, mainly in retail. Following on from numerous retail jobs I began working as a club promoter at the age of 18, which is when I began studying Business Management and Public Policy at Aston University.

And what brought you to AJG Direct?

AD: I was searching for a placement year during university; somewhere I could gain practical business experience, which is when I found AJG Direct. I immediately saw the opportunity this business could offer me in terms of personal and professional growth, which is why I deferred university and have continued my career with AJG Direct.

That must have been a difficult decision to make?

AD: Of course! Telling my Asian parents that I wasn’t returning to university was one of the hardest conversations I’ve had. I felt as though I was disappointing them. But once they saw the positive changes in me, the improvement in my habits and the dedication I gave to my work they became completely supportive in my decision.

And where do you see yourself moving forward? 

AD: The goal is to help Paul expand the AJG organisation and open up my own office in Birmingham. My grandparent’s vision was to have each of their grandchildren graduate from university and so eventually I’d like to finish my degree whilst simultaneously running a top office.

Any words of wisdom for future entrepreneurs?

AD: For the past year I’ve followed one simple rule: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

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