Before embarking on the next step of your life, you always need to consider all of your options. There have never been as many chances to kick-start your career as there are today. While 20 years ago the clear path to a successful career without a doubt involved going to university, for some career paths, you can now obtain professional qualifications through apprenticeship schemes and professional governing bodies that offer a wide range of courses.
If you opt for the professional course route, you can pick and choose the exact subject you want to study – without having the study programme compiled by the academic body. Here are some of the paths and courses you can take locally to embark the career of your choice:
Trust or Fund Administration
Jersey’s finance industry is the island’s largest, employing more than 13,000 people. There’s a huge variety of finance courses to choose from, including trust and funds administration, which continue to be growing areas in Jersey. Junior roles require good numerical and IT skills, good work ethics and problem-solving abilities. Qualifications include the COA (Certificate in Offshore Administration), the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) and STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), which are the chartered memberships and qualifying bodies for people working in risk, governance and compliance, including company secretaries.
The AAT qualification is typically the minimum level expected of an accountant. The main bodies are the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), the International Association of Bookkeepers and CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment), which offer the most relevant and up-to-date qualifications designed to help you thrive and adapt to constant change. To ultimately become a chartered accountant, you’ll need to progress to the ACCA, ACA or CIMA qualifications. These professional bodies provide courses for students and workers at all levels, giving you plenty of opportunities to get the qualifications you need.
If you want to pursue a career in anti-money laundering, then an International Compliance Association (ICA) qualification is the ideal choice. Jobs in this area are plentiful and salaries are growing at a fast rate. Courses available include:
• ICA Advanced Certificate in Anti Money Laundering
• ICA Advanced Certificate in Practical Customer Due Diligence
• ICA Advanced Certificate in Managing Sanctions Risk
• ICA Diploma in Anti Money Laundering
There are countless training opportunities in the field of law, whether you have just completed you’re A-levels or wish to obtain a degree. You can enter at Legal Assistant Level and continue with your legal training with a local law firm during university breaks. There are also opportunities for junior candidates seeking to start their career in law. This is a fast-paced and dynamic sector involving many areas including litigation, commercial, corporate, conveyancing, funds and personal.
Sales and Marketing
Jersey’s Professional Academy Study Centre offers development programmes that lead to accredited qualifications in management, sales, marketing and digital marketing. Accredited qualification pathways include the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Digital Marketing Institute.
A career in IT can be diverse, lifelong and incredibly rewarding. Even within your first year of study, you’ll learn skills that you will help you personally and professionally, whether you’re at a business school or local college.
IT employment is positive and the industry is growing here at a steady rate. Qualified candidates are in short supply and there are plenty of skills that are in great demand, including cybersecurity, business intelligence, data management and software development. The IT industry is becoming more diverse with financial technology (Fintech) opportunities abound.
There are plenty of courses available throughout Jersey, which can be all you need to get into the field. Qualifications include training on industry software and programmes, as well as the following specific qualifications:
• MCSA (Microsoft Certificate Systems Administrator)
• MCSE (Microsoft Certificate Systems Engineer)
• ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)
• Microsoft Certifications (categorised by function: Server, Desktop, Database and Developer)
Whichever path you decide to take, it’s worth registering with AP Group as soon as you decide to embark on your career, be it to support you while you study only during holidays, part-time or temporary. Keep in touch with the agency and update your progress, as this will give you the best chance to jump into a position and provide access to work when you need it.
Here at AP Personnel, we are noticing some job seekers are asking if it’s possible to have the opportunity and the flexibility to be able to work from home. Working from home is becoming more and more common for some jobs and it does have its benefits, but it’s not for everyone and also not possible for all employees to be able to work from home either depending on their role at work and not all of our clients are yet considering this new way of employment for their staff. Not sure if working from home is right for you? Here we uncover some of the pros and cons.
1. Greater convenience/cost savings
When working from home, there’s no need to spend ages getting ready, preparing lunch or commuting. This also means huge cost savings on petrol and lunch.
2. Increased flexibility
Working from home allows you to work during your most productive times, enabling you to create a schedule that works well for you – provided you use your time wisely.
3. Increased independence
Skills such as self-discipline, self-motivation, concentration and time management are vital when working from home, and are critical components for career success.
4. Enhanced technological skills
Since face-to-face meetings aren’t possible, you need to be savvy with various communication tools. In today’s digital world, navigating different technologies is an indispensable skill that makes you more marketable.
5. Less stress
Working from home gives you greater control over your stress levels, and you can more easily take a break when work gets particularly stressful.
Working from home is difficult if you struggle with being alone for long periods without access to co-workers, colleagues and the general office vibe.
2. Collaboration suffers
While there are emails and video calls, sometimes it’s quicker and easier to explain something face-to-face. It’s also harder to establish trust and develop relationships with colleagues and clients.
Working from home requires a unique level of self-discipline, since you have no one to answer to but yourself. You have to be organised and structured to avoid distraction and get things done.
4. It’s difficult to shut down
Often it’s difficult to draw the line between private life and business life. It’s essential to put boundaries in place, and clearly separate home life from work life.
5. Requires an initial investment
An initial investment of a computer, printer, fast internet access and conferencing accessibility are fundamental to make yourself available and efficient.
When looking for staff or if you are a job seeker looking for a new opportunity, why not speak to one of our experienced consultants today on 715757.
The Secret Benefits of Temping and Contract Employment
While Brexit uncertainty remain a large concern for many organisations, it has provided more temporary or contract employment opportunities across all sectors.
Temporary workers are now an integral part of the workforce, with Jersey numbers are expected to reach higher levels this year than previous years due to the economy being stronger in Jersey and the unemployment figures being at their lowest for almost a decade. In recent years, the temporary employment has expanded to encompass nearly every sector – from construction to hedge funds. Today’s talent pool is extremely diverse, ranging from basic administrative positions right through to compliance officers, accountants, engineers and private chefs - there are plenty of opportunities available in Jersey.
In the current economy, if you have the skills for a particular job, you can find work in that field as a temporary worker. Far from being an unappealing, in-between or lower level option, it is now highly regarded and sought after – both by employers and individuals. The Jersey government are bringing in other incentives for temporary staff which include maternity and paternity cover, which is still under debate and yet to be introduced. It is becoming more appealing for job seekers to have the freedom they want in the workplace and by working on a temporary or contract basis gives you the flexibility to work for more than one employer if you choose to.
Some of the numerous benefits that temporary work can provide include:
Offers greater flexibility
Temporary positions can vary in duration, location, hours, days off etc., giving you greater control over where and when you work. Perhaps you want to further your education, focus on your family, volunteer or learn a new skill. Temping gives you the opportunity to create a flexible work schedule around your current circumstances. According to one interim Executive Assistant, “It is a lot easier to get a temp role than a permanent position, whilst temporary contracts can receive more in basic pay due to the short term contract and uncertainty.”
Allows you to explore different roles and career paths
If you haven’t yet established which direction you want to take your career in, this is your opportunity to explore your employment options. As you do, you will develop a rich and diverse skill set and an adaptable working ethic that makes you suitable for a number of roles and an invaluable addition to any organisation. The Executive Assistant further commented, “Temping is a great way to establish if you like working for the company. If you don’t, you can leave within a week, as notice periods tend to be shorter.” This can work well for the temporary worker as well as the company.
Creates a pathway to permanent employment
Contract employment also gives you the chance to get your foot in the door with a particular company and position yourself as the right fit if a permanent position arises. Over time, your knowledge of the company and the role will evolve, and provided you work hard and are committed, you will very easily become indispensable and therefore ideally suited to fill a future role. This also works in the employer’s favour as they do not need to invest too much time and resources into training a new staff member.
Reflects positively on your CV
Even if a temporary role does not lead to a permanent position, you will still gain knowledge and experience, which will help you to land a long-term role with another company. Many large organisations hire staff on a temporary/interim basis, whether to cover staff shortages, assist during peak season or contribute to a large project. Work experience with a reputable brand can have a positive impact on your CV and assist significantly in getting further work, whether temporary or permanent.
Diversifies your skillset
Temping enables you to apply your knowledge and training in a practical environment as you develop your skillset. As you gain specific industry experience, you get a taste of what it’s like to work in different company cultures and job types in your sector.
Expands your network
Temp jobs are also the ideal way to rapidly and extensively expand your professional network in your niche sector. Every time you take on a new role, you gain new connections. This is highly useful when seeking new employment opportunities, whether elsewhere or within the same organisation. You can also gain access to crucial information and careers advice from your contacts, as well as invaluable, professional references for an application. Further, you’ll learn about internal job vacancies that are not advertised, and will be able to capitalise on your network to gain access to these hidden opportunities.
Not without its benefits
While many will think that temporary employment comes without the standard benefits a permanent position offers, it is far from that. A temporary position for a skilled professional can offer retainer bonus, holiday pay which is a statutory benefit in Jersey, overtime pay, freedom to pursue a hobby and can offer equal financial security that is required for a mortgage or other financial commitments.
While temp jobs are inevitably temporary, they can do a great deal for your career in a multitude of ways. They give you the chance to explore new career fields and break into a new company, all while expanding your knowledge, refining your expertise, enhancing your employability skills and determining your long-term career plans.
Article first published in Jersey Evening Post, on 3 April 2019