After seven years at IVC, Ben Gibbs left in 1990 with a handful of mediocre qualifications, but no clear idea what to do. He had had a great time – developing friendships that last to this day, forming opinions, and getting a taste for all there is to learn – but he was far from ready for the real world.
Ben subsequently found that he was far better suited to university study and, over the next decade, took a degree in sociology & philosophy, a PGCE (secondary English), and an M.Ed. In terms of work, after a few years in London’s advertising agencies, Ben was drawn to the education sector, initially as a teacher. After discovering he wasn't very good at it, he decided to become a consultant working with schools and other organisations, including the government, on modernisation projects.
The lifestyle of a commuter was very exciting but was no way for a husband and dad-to-be to behave, so in 2004, Ben hung up his railcard and landed a job with the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Having met and married in 2000, Ben was now fully appreciative of the fact that there is so much more to life than work and study, and the arrival of his children in 2004 and 2008 truly changed his priorities.
In 2010, Ben Gibbs established his own company – Restart-Ed Ltd – and set sail once more on the choppy seas of education consultancy, although this time, with the intention to develop a business that could support his lifestyle, rather than the other way round.
A Piece of Advice
“Don’t take things so seriously … have fun, take risks, don’t worry about what others think of you, stop looking for answers all the time and enjoy the uncertainty, and live a life that’s as wide as it is long”.