Kelly Anne Tadier, Assistant Manager – Private Wealth, Jersey Trust Company

Qualifications:        

ACIS (Chartered Secretary)
1 year at University – Biology (commenced first year in Medical Science)
A Levels- English Literature, General Studies, Chemistry, Biology
GCSE’s–Drama/Theatre Arts, English Language, French, English Literature, Geography, Maths, Science (dual), Art 

What led you to your career path?

I had previously worked in the tax department of a large trust company in Jersey during a gap year between A-levels and University. Whilst I had always had quite a firm idea about what I wanted to do after University, the options available in Jersey that used the degree I was studying towards were few and far between. Also, although I was keen to continue studying towards a professional qualification, I knew I wasn’t quite ready to give up on Island life.

I wanted to be sure that if I was spending 3 or 4 years obtaining a qualification that it was one that supported my chosen career. Finance offered good career prospects along with the chance to build in further relevant study as you worked.  

How did you progress to your current position?

I joined Jersey Trust Company (JTC) as an Assistant Trust Officer in 2003, working primarily with an active property portfolio. The company encouraged and supported my external study as well as providing me with opportunities to take on new challenges in my role and build on my knowledge base. During my time at JTC, I have studied for the full ICSA qualification (graduating in early 2009) and, although at times it was difficult to juggle the demands of work and study, I always knew that I had people around me who would be able to offer guidance and support when I needed it.

The company itself has changed in that time too, growing from a staff of about 30 people in a single Jersey office, to over 140 staff and offices in six jurisdictions. Despite this growth, I have never felt as though as I was working for a typical ‘large company’, where there is sometimes a danger that you feel as though you have lost your individuality.

When the company re-structured into three divisions in 2008, I was given the opportunity to return to private client work and was soon able to start taking on some managerial responsibilities. Whilst it sometimes seems as though it wasn’t that long ago that I was just home from University, trying to decide whether a career in trust and company administration would be right for me, I’m proud of what I have achieved in a relatively short space of time, and am pleased with how my role has grown and changed as the business itself has developed.  

What advice would you give to current students considering a career in finance?
Find the right company! Although it is probably tempting - especially when you are fresh back from University and looking at a rather large overdraft, loan or credit card bill - to choose a position that offers the best starting salary, you should consider whether a company is the right fit for you as an individual. You are going to be spending the best part of your week at work, and the people around you become your second family, so it’s worth making sure that the company you join is one where you are going to be happy.

I would also recommend that you ask yourself whether your potential employer is likely to give you the opportunities for progression, study, travel, or whatever else you are seeking from your career. If you can’t see yourself working there in two years time, it’s probably not a great fit for you.

It’s also a good idea to do as much research into a prospective employer as you can prior to and during the interview process. If nothing else, the questions you ask will demonstrate that you have taken the time to seriously consider the role and the company that you are applying to, and if you are fortunate enough to secure multiple job offers, it might provide you with information that helps you make the best choice.