Tony Whitney, Director, JTC Group
With no degree and limited success at GCSE level, I decided to take the initiative and studied for the ICSA Professional level qualifications via evening and weekend courses. I successfully completed the ICSA qualification route and am now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators.
What led you to your career path?
Having spent the most important school years dreaming about the world beyond the classroom my academic results fell short of expectations. Conveniently, this gave me the perfect excuse to join the outside world and see for myself what all the fuss was about and, more importantly, encouraged me to move from the UK to Jersey. Initially my Jersey career path consisted of cleaning and delivering hire cars followed by three year spell making pots for Jersey Pottery.
In my early twenties, the time was right to look at more long term (and lucrative) career options and after canvassing the opinion of friends, family and recruitment agencies, I made the decision to pursue a career in company and trust administration.
How did you progress to your current position?
Initially I joined the trust company of law firm Bailhache Labesse (now known as Appleby) as a Trainee Administrator, studying towards the Certificate in Offshore Administration via evening classes at Highlands College. After two years, I joined Jersey Trust Company as a Trust Officer and continued studying, starting with the ICSA Diploma and following this with the ICSA Professional level exams – again via evening and weekend courses at Highlands and BPP.
Thankfully, my work place development tracked my academic achievements such that promotions were forthcoming – Senior Trust Officer, Assistant Manager, Manager, Senior Manager, Associate Director and ultimately Director which is a role I have held with JTC since July 2007.
What advice would you give to current students considering a career in finance?
Set your ultimate goal and keep on going no matter how daunting or far away it may seem at the outset. It will be worth it!