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Welcome to our new team member – Mike Nevin

1 Apr 2021

Michael Patrick Nevin

Born in Glasgow, Scotland.

I grew up with a massive interest in music and as a teenager I taught myself how to play guitar (whilst I was supposed to be locked in my bedroom studying for exams). I always said that one day I would become a successful musician, travelling the world with my friends however, luckily my father talked me into focusing on getting an education first.

After completing my senior year, I left high school when I was seventeen and went to work in the TSB bank part time on a Saturday morning as a cashier whilst at University as well as working in my local bar back in Glasgow. Before long, I was offered a permanent full-time position so I left university and my other job to focus on furthering my career in banking.

After a short time, I was promoted to Personal Account Manager and worked in this position for around four years before receiving an email one morning asking if I would be interest in a transfer to Spain to work with Sabadell Bank. After thinking long and hard for around one full minute, I decided to put my name forward for the position, despite not being able to speak any Spanish! After a couple of weeks of emails, telephone interviews, skype meetings, I was then told to pack my bags as I would be moving to Moraira within a few weeks.

After just one year in Spain, I was able to speak conversational Spanish without going to any lessons but rather by forcing myself to use more Spanish than English in my day to day life. By watching TV in Spanish, changing my phone and computer into Spanish, befriending locals in the area or even just by giving my food order in Spanish at the restaurant, I was able to further develop my Spanish listening and speaking skills.

I spent four years working for Banco Sabadell in Moraira and towards the end of 2020 I realised that I had been in banking for over 10 years now. When I thought about the fact that I had just passed such a huge milestone I remembered one of my favourite quotes from the late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? ' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

With that said, I took it upon myself to find a new career that excites me, gives me motivation to keep pushing myself and of course to never settle. I truly believe that Select Villas is the environment I have been looking for and I am so excited to be a part of the already amazing team!


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