Experience of a mature degree student

Stefano Ricci is in his first year of the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services Degree at the Jersey International Business School (JIBS) University Centre.


During my time studying the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services degree with the Jersey International Business School University Centre, I have learnt a lot more than I thought I would considering I have worked in the Trust & Company sector of the finance industry for the last decade and hold the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management.

In the short time I have been here (6 months), I have learnt how to carry out PESTLE and SWOT analysis and now look at the bigger picture when analysing and thinking of business opportunities.  I have learnt a lot on Management Theory and Organisational Behaviour, and I can clearly see how these courses will be very useful with my career in the future, and how I can carry these new skills forward with me. 

Some of my friends thought I was mad deciding to leave my job and enrol onto this degree considering I was working in a senior position; however, I believe that I made the right decision in deciding to do this degree and I can already see the benefits.

It is a very fast-paced course with three modules a term so therefore a lot of studying is required.  This term we are covering Marketing, Organisational Behaviour and Money and Financial Markets and some of the other subjects we have already covered include Accounting, Economic Environment of Business and Quantitative Methods.

I am the eldest student on the course and there are no barriers between me and the other students and I am treated as an equal.  The tutors and the staff at the Jersey International Business School are professional and provide support when required.