Ben, a Senior Equity Research Analyst and Investment Director with Quilter Cheviot gave students and parents a unique insight into the world of global information technology, media and telecoms during his visit on 4th February. His presentation formed part of a series of Careers Talks for Years 11 – 13 organised by The Victoria College Foundation.

Calling upon his 17 years of experience, Ben took students on a journey to look at how the physical world interacts with the online market place. His talk touched upon career options across software, hardware, and the internet while also covering areas such as media and advertising, start-ups and equity analysis, all with the common theme of connectivity.

Ben's extensive IT, media and telecoms industry knowledge came to the fore as he fielded questions from students and their parents following the talk. He also explained how he had achieved his own professional success, discussing some of the decisions he had to make and challenges he faced along the way.

Commenting on the theme of his talk at Victoria College, Ben said, “The pace of technological change and disruption has increased significantly since I was a student. This provides huge opportunities for new careers as well as meteoric threats to existing industries. The telephone took 75 years to reach 50 million users, TV took 13 years, Facebook took 3.5 years and Angry Birds took 35 days. This gives new ideas and students tremendous reach, but also means they don't just compete with their classmates, but also with their peers in China, Korea and Brazil.

“In my view, it's vital to be passionate about your career and make sure you always add value, otherwise it is very easy to be replaced by a computer. 

“It was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious school and a pleasure talking to the pupils afterwards, I am sure there are a few Zuckerberg prodigies coming up through the ranks.”

Tim Childe, Head of International and Head of Jersey Office, Quilter Cheviot, added, “It was fantastic to be able to engage with the students at Victoria College, through Ben’s visit. As a business, Quilter Cheviot plays an active role in supporting young people to develop successful careers and we very much want to extend this theme to Jersey school pupils.” Jersey’s digital economy is a growth area and much is being done on the island to create jobs in the sector in the years to come. By embracing technology and connectivity, students will open up a world of opportunity for themselves.”

Sara Clews, Development Director for the Victoria College Foundation added, “Ben’s talk offered students and their parents a fascinating insight to the world market place and some of the opportunities and challenges they will face with future careers.  As part of the school’s Lifelong Learning Vision, the focus is on the longer term success of students, so this type of event provides access to topical advice whilst allowing students to develop soft skills through networking with professionals. The Victoria College Foundation has enjoyed a long and generous relationship with Quilter Cheviot and I would like to extend thanks to Tim for providing such a dynamic event.”

Quilter Cheviot has a long-standing relationship with Victoria College through its Jersey office. The investment management firm works with the Victoria College Foundation to progress a shared objective of investing in the future of education and helping young people to develop their skills. Quilter Cheviot also supports the Victoria Citizenship Award and Victoria College Co-Curricular Awards alongside Moore Stephens. The awards celebrate outstanding achievement by students in their endeavours outside of academic study.