Trainees and Graduates

Trainees and Graduates

The good news is there has never been such a diverse range of Trainee opportunities within the financial services sector. As well as a wealth of Trainee Trust & Fund Administration roles and a strong selection of Trainee Accountant positions we also see opportunities for Trainees within the IT, Legal, Marketing, Compliance, Tax, Telecommunications, Relationship Management, Trademark, HR and Business operations areas.

There used to be, and perhaps still is, a misconception in Jersey that graduate jobs within financial services are boring. Graduates tell us that they want to be challenged, they want variety and most importantly, they want scope for progression. Well, the graduate jobs that we are recruiting for, a large majority of which are within financial services, offer all that and more!

We share our thoughts on what employers are looking for in the class of 2019!

For some graduate level roles in Jersey, you’ll need a 2:1 degree to be eligible to apply. A 2:2 or lower restricts your choice and generally makes the process tougher but don’t panic, there are still jobs out there open to you. But it’s not just about your degree; employers also want to know about your other grades and academic achievements.

Organisations do not want lazy people, so it’s important your CV demonstrates how you go the extra mile in your studies and spare time. That could be through your involvement in a society or the students’ union, a work experience placement you arranged yourself, the lengths you went to research your dissertation and so on.

Team Fit
You have to show an aptitude for the job together with a personality and attitude that will complement the company culture. This may be demonstrated by your degree, any relevant experience you’ve got and allowing your personality to shine in an interview. Psychometric tests and assessment centres are becoming increasingly popular with employers to pinpoint the ‘right’ candidates to take to the next stage.

Employers are looking for a mix of technical ability – whether it’s developing databases, writing reports, creative writing - and ‘soft’ skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.

Evidence and examples
An employer will quickly weed out where you’re blagging or exaggerating the truth in an interview. What they want is real-life evidence and examples that back up what you say. Think about:

  • Which skills you’ve used, where you’ve applied them and how effective they were.
  • What you’ve done that demonstrates your interest and enthusiasm for this area of work.
  • Why you want to work for that particular employer - that means more than a quick skim of their website when researching the company. Delve
  • deeper and come up with a couple of questions that relate to what the organisation actually does and where the job you’re applying for fits into this.

Attention to detail & telling the truth
Getting the basics right goes a long way, and getting it wrong can be a deal breaker. Ensure your CV is grammatically correct, do not tell fibs about your grades and arrive at an interview on time, dressed smartly and appropriately.

If you ARE unsure of your next move, come talk to us- whether you do want to save for your next trip or you are looking for a more permanent option- then we WILL have the role for you!