Everyone has the ability to learn new things, so the advice is to be proactive and find out what the next step is. When thinking about what training or work experience is most suitable to you, think about what kind of skills and knowledge employers might be looking for. Typically, these include:
- Having appropriate knowledge of the finance industry as well as its history and development; Our “First for Finance” or “Jersey- the IFC” publications may be a good starting point.
- Being committed to working for the industry and for the company;
- Having the basic essential skills for work and an awareness of your own personality traits;
- Adding value to the company by applying skills, knowledge and experience from previous jobs or work experience, applying lessons learnt at school or through youth projects.
As the finance sector develops and becomes increasingly global, cultural awareness, language skills, advanced IT and numeracy skills will be in demand. Experience of working abroad also give you a competitive advantage.
Finance sector employers value the following skills:
- Written and face to face communication skills
- Attention to detail and accuracy
- Drive, motivation and ability to concentrate
- Team working
- High level interpersonal skills
- Numeracy skills