Expect Moore from your career: Joel Speight

Last month, Gallery Magazine featured our very own Joel Speight, Manager of our Alternative Fund Administration team in Jersey, in their Gradu8 Careers Special. Here's what Joel had to say...


What made you choose Moore Management?

Moore had recently been bought out by First Names Group and it seemed like an exciting time to join the business. I had also heard that Moore had a reputation for looking after its people and while an established name it was also small enough to do things a little differently. Moving from a global bank this appealed and it seemed like a good opportunity to progress. 

What sort of professional training do you take?

Although I graduated from university nearly seven years ago, I believe learning and development should be undertaken at all stages of your career.  I’m currently completing my ACCA qualification (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). While there was no pressure to take exams, the management team at Moore encourages people to grow professionally and is hugely supportive of anyone who chooses to undertake qualifications.

What do you do on an average day?

Genuinely, no two days are ever the same, which I really enjoy. I could be doing anything from mentoring team members, dealing with client and investor queries, reviewing and signing off client work, holding client calls to attending board meetings.

There is also an internal element to my role with various reports to complete to ensure senior management have the required information they need to help them run the business. There’s always a lot going on and I find organisation and prioritisation are key.

What is your next step?

Short-term, I want to continue to develop my management skills and grow my experience and confidence in line management and leading a team. Long-term, I would like to extend my skill set into the area of new business. My recent secondment to the Tokyo office gave me a good insight into the requirements of the role and I’ll be looking for further opportunities in the future.  

What advice would you give yourself as a graduate with the experience you have now?

Take your time and try different things before deciding upon your chosen career. Lots of students graduating won’t have a clear idea of what they want to do; if that’s you don’t be afraid to explore different options or take a different path if something’s not working out. Once you’ve decided upon a career, commit to it and continue to seek new opportunities and ways in which to develop yourself.


(This Q&A was originally featured in Gallery issue #131, July 2016.)


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