Christopher Pell founder of ieltsadvantage.com His IELTS career started in the middle of a crisis. The global financial crisis of 2007-2008, to be exact. He was working for a commercial law firm as a young solicitor and he knew his days were numbered when clients started calling to ask how they could get their money out of their bank before it collapsed. It was obvious that Chris wasn’t going to have a job for long so he decided to go travelling. Germany was his first stop and he was asked to teach English the very first day he was there.