1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
I graduated from Cambridge in 2012 with a history degree.
2) Where do you live now?
I live in Stockwell in London – conveniently equidistance between the Canton Arms and the Fentiman Arms.
3) Tell us about your job...
I run a sock company called Quiet Rebellion which I co-founded with a great mate of mine, called Ini, who I studied with at university. Quiet Rebellion sells socks with surreptitiously hidden patterns on the sole of the sock and on the inside of the cuff, with the part of the sock above the ankle being inconspicuously plain. Our socks are all about having fun at work and trying to put a little colour into the soles of those who have to conform to boring corporate dress codes every day.
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a food critic or a pig farmer.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
Immediately after university I went to Japan for a few weeks and then started work for a bank.
6) How did you feel about your future when you graduated?
I was excited about doing something different when I graduated but the thought that I’d signed up to a long career in finance filled me with dread.
To have spent longer in Japan!
8) Would you have done anything different?
I would have left my previous careers sooner. Looking back, I’m pleased I went into finance and consultancy as I learnt a lot from them, however, by the time I left my pace of learning had slowed significantly and I felt I had gone slightly stale. I always thinking its worth leaving before the last dance.
9) What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the idea of creating something different and doing something unpredictable. By the time the outcome has become inevitable, I’ve lost interested in whatever it is.
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
Not to worry if inspiration doesn’t come along immediately; whatever you do now will teach you skills you need for when it does come.
11) Your three favourite words
Hello, yes and thanks
Thanks so much to Alex for answering our questions. We are already fans of Quiet Rebellion socks, we bought them for a friend - they brighten up his work day while he looks for an escape route from his boring office job!
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