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July 20th, 2012
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Odd one out?
Lord Stevenson: Former chairman, HBOS
John McFall MP: Former chairman of Treasury Select Committee
Sir Fred Goodwin: Former chief executive, RBS
Sir Terry Wogan: Former presenter of Radio 2's Breakfast Show
Gordon Brown: Former Prime Minister and former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Andy Hornby: Former chief executive, HBOS
Alastair Darling: Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sir Tom McKillop: Former chairman, RBS

















Terry Wogan is the only one who holds ANY formal banking qualification.

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From:blackberry44
Date:July 20th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
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Tee Hee!
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From:maviscruet
Date:July 20th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
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In fairness to Gordon he was not a banker and does hold relevant academic qualifications to the post of chancellor....
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From:drdoug
Date:July 20th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, does he really? I thought his degree (an MA) and PhD were in History, and Wikipedia backs me up. Is there something I don't know about?
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From:caramel_betty
Date:July 20th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
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He worked for Royal Bank of Ireland, briefly. This involved passing an exam and a month-long training course.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/7112091/I-used-to-be-proud-to-be-a-banker.html
I'm proud to say, I was once a banker. Well, a bank clerk. Jobs were hard to come by in the Ireland of the Sixties, and clerking in the bank was none too shabby a start for a fresh-faced eejit just out of school.

It was either that or insurance, if you didn't want to emigrate, or spend what was left of your parents' money pretending to study for a degree that, in the end, would mean you'd have to take the mail-boat to Holyhead anyway.

It wasn't easy, getting in. You had to pass an exam and do a month-long training course before you were deemed fit to face the public, and then it was still several years before you were allowed up from the basement, where you were allowed to sort files and lick postage stamps, to blink in the unaccustomed light and actually meet the customers. Lean, hungry years where you were paid a pittance.
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From:oldbloke
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Um, that's Terry, not Gordon
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From:caramel_betty
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, duh, I don't see the thread indents properly and my brain didn't kick in.
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From:maviscruet
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
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I would appear to be wrong.

I shall commit suicide immediately to remove this stain from the Internet.
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From:oldbloke
Date:July 20th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
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I thought I was wrong once but it turned out I was mistaken
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From:sidheag
Date:July 20th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
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Lol! Although as someone who has worked as a software engineer and now teaches and researches software engineering, yet holds no software engineering qualification (nor any in CS), I probably should not laugh...

Edited at 2012-07-20 11:18 am (UTC)
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From:oldbloke
Date:July 20th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Indeed: I managed a nice career in IT despite having no degree at all.
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From:bellinghman
Date:July 20th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Degree? You can get degrees in this?
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From:oldbloke
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
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An overwhelming majority of the people I've met who've actually touched code have a degree in /something/.
At one time our CDC Cyber was run almost entirely by astrophysicists, for some reason.
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From:bellinghman
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
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These days, you do seem to need a degree in something, yes. And in some areas, even that's not enough: I chatted to one guy who reckons a Ph.D. is the entry point in his field (in maths, by preference).

In our household, two people who've earned their living from coding, one degree. And that's a Cambridge MA, which is one that requires no actual study, and doesn't actually require a BA beforehand.
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From:k425
Date:July 20th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
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Marvellous!
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