We've asked one of our bright new graduates, Matt Le Bourgeois, a trainee accountant, to answer some important questions about his experience so far and his future career goals...
Your degree was in event management. Why have you pursued a career in finance?
"When I graduated from Cardiff Met with a degree in event management in July 2015, I knew I didn’t want to pursue a career in the events industry. I wanted to come back to Jersey and my degree provided a diverse mix of modules, including finance, so I knew I had some knowledge to get me started in the world of accountancy."
Why Moore Management?
"I did look around when I came back to Jersey and the obvious choice was to get on to one of the Big Four’s grad schemes. But I didn’t want to be just a number in a huge firm, I wanted a company where people knew each other and where your work was valued and recognised. That’s why I applied for my current role. I really like the culture, the training opportunities and the team, plus I get all the benefit of being part of a large firm as Moore Management is part of First Names Group. It’s the best of both worlds.
"Moore also really promotes a healthy work/life balance, you can take charge of your own training and development. For example, you can choose to become either ACCA or ACA qualified, not many firms allow you to make that decision. You can also study at your own pace whether that is undertaking one exam a year or five."
Where would you like to see yourself in ten years?
"I am really ambitious but it still feels a bit premature to make any predictions. I would love to specialise in the emerging European funds market to become a director and leader within Moore but first and foremost I need to complete these exams."
Is there anyone who you consider a mentor at work?
"Andrew Pittom is someone I look to in the business as a mentor, he has worked hard to become a director but is never too busy to help and mentor junior members of the team like myself."
What advice would you give to new graduates looking to develop their career?
"If you are unsure on a career path, pursue subjects that you enjoy and ensure you work hard to become the best you can. This is what I did and now I can honestly say I am in a job which I really enjoy surrounded by interesting, like-minded, dynamic and hard-working individuals."
(This article was originally featured in the Jersey Evening Post Careers Review, Easter 2016.)