Amanda Le Brun, Trainee Administrator, RBC Wealth Management

Qualifications

Professional Qualifications – currently studying towards the Certificate in the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies from Highlands College
European Computer Driving Licence Foundation – ECDL
GCSE’s including Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science (double award), ICT (double award), Art, Health and Social (double award), Drama, French

What led you to your career path?

When choosing my preferred higher education route, business studies stood out as an area that interested me as I thought it would offer me broader work and career opportunities.

A family member has been involved in the Finance sector for over 36 years and led me towards the industry. I am aware of the variety of work and challenges they have experienced, and the success and knowledge they have amassed. This has given me insight into what is available in future years of my career, if I work hard.

Living in Jersey our main industry is Finance, which is a great advantage as I had a great environment to start my career. RBC is very supportive of training and personal development which has encouraged me to try my hardest in all aspects of my role.

How did you progress to your current position?

When I was fourteen years old and as part of Project Trident I did a work experience placement for Abacus Trust, which I really enjoyed. Abacus was taken over by RBC, and while studying business studies at Highlands College I applied to RBC for a temping job. I was successful and gained knowledge in supporting roles such as filing, scanning, billing and safe custody.

When I finished my BTEC National Diploma RBC then offered me a place on their Trainee Programme. It has been an excellent programme and has given me experience in a wide range of support areas including Payments, Statutory, Investment Accounting Group and Securities.

While on the programme I have enrolled on the ICSA professional qualification course and I’m really enjoying my studies. 

What advice would you give to current students considering a career in finance?

Look to companies that take on juniors and trainees and those which allow you to gain professional qualifications. These will help advance your career. Be prepared to start at the bottom and to work hard, building on your experience as your career develops.