It may be 17 years since I took my first step on the career ladder but I can remember it as if it was yesterday. I was a wide eyed, enthusiastic physics graduate with lots to learn.
Fast forward to today and I have been fortunate enough to shape and develop my career in fund administration services at Moore Management and have risen through the ranks from a trainee to director.
At Moore Management, we really believe in growing and nurturing home-grown talent. It’s vital for organisations to invest in their teams, especially young professionals who need support and guidance to reach their full potential. With this in mind, I have outlined the key points that I believe are vital when taking your first steps into the world of work.
Degrees are worth the paper they are written on
Having a good degree will open a lot of doors for you – irrespective of the degree subject. It’s a common misconception that you have to hold a business degree to work in finance – you don’t. Dissertations show you know how to study and make sense of complex information. Don’t get hung up on the title or focus area.
Be prepared for the recruitment process, it’s tough but you can do it. Does your CV show your key interests, skills and achievements that help you stand out from the crowd? For interviews look on the company’s website – learn a few key points about the company and have some insightful questions ready – it’s not rocket science.
Study while working
Exams are still the generally accepted way of measuring your knowledge. So completing professional qualifications is still a very good way of progressing in your early career. Plus, it’s much easier to do exams straight from school/university rather than later in life – as you know how to study and revise.
Do some research on the possible professional qualifications that are open to you. If an exam is worthwhile taking – there will be hard work involved, so make sure you have evaluated the courses before you sign up.
Remember to understand your day-job. The mix of academic and practical experience is a powerful combination; don’t spend three years passing exams – to then realise you don’t really understand your clients at work.
Learn from the best
It can be quite hard to adjust from studying at university to settling in at a full time job. Look for the people who have the skills and qualities you admire – ask for advice and learn from them. A mentor can help you achieve your goals. Generally, if you show an interest people are more than willing to help you.
It can’t be all work and no play
Maintain your interests outside your studies and day job. For your wellbeing it’s good to have pursuits outside work and studying. It’s also good for your CV – your other skills and interests will help you stand out from the crowd.
Our parent company First Names Group often joins forces with the Moore Management team to offer a variety of social and charity events. I notice that the people who attend the sports and social events build relationships with their colleagues at all levels much quicker than those who don’t.
Be brave and pursue opportunities when they arise
Moore and First Names Group have offered me some great opportunities and experiences. I have had the opportunity to travel and I regularly go to Bermuda, Japan and Hong Kong. I encourage my team to seize all opportunities available to them, especially when they are free of family commitments – then the world really is your oyster.
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Do your research, be prepared, show the right attitude and make the most of your opportunities.
(This article was originally featured in the Jersey Evening Post Careers Review, Easter 2016.)