Nemone Harvey-Witham, Manager, Human Capital Division, Sanne Group
ACCA (Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants)
University: Bsc Psychology, University of Plymouth
A Levels: English, Psychology and Maths (Hautlieu School)
What led you to your career path?
After three years at university, I returned to the Island and was ready to focus on my career. I started looking for a job in the finance industry and after reviewing the opportunities available I chose to go into Trust. The good progression prospects and varied, interesting work load was appealing to me and I wanted a career in which I could do something different every day. I liked the idea of a challenge!
At the time I graduated (2004), Sanne Group were developing a training scheme which offered the opportunity to gain a professional qualification along with experience in various areas of the trust industry. This seemed like the perfect choice for me as I could study ACCA and familiarise myself with the different areas of the industry.
How did you progress to your current position?
While I was gaining experience in the different areas of trust at Sanne, I spent some time in the corporate services area, specifically employee services. I found that I preferred this to the private client work I had been involved in, so was pleased when I was offered the opportunity to continue my training in this area.
I began working in the human capital division at Sanne focusing primarily on non equity structures while studying and subsequently qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant after three years. About a year after I qualified I was promoted to a manager within the division.
I am now focusing on developing my skills as a manager, widening my experience and expanding my technical knowledge of the human capital industry.
What advice would you give to current students considering a career in finance?
I would definitely recommend that anyone considering a career in the finance industry should gain experience in different areas. This simply means they can make an informed decision as to which area of finance would be best suited to them.
I would also recommend studying towards a professional qualification - it is hard work but absolutely worth it!