End-of-first-term thoughts

Louise Darwin is in her first year of the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services degree at the Jersey International Business School University Centre.

I am Louise Darwin and I have lived in Jersey since I was born. I have joined the Jersey International Business School University Centre (JIBS) as a school leaver after finishing my A Levels at Jersey College for Girls. Starting at JIBS was a new experience for me and meeting my fellow students in the induction week was initially quite daunting; however, as we are a relatively small group, I feel like I made strong bonds with the majority of my class and this has helped me settle in even more.

In my first term at the Business School we have covered a variety of topics such as Quantitative Methods, Introduction to Financial Services as well as an Introduction to Business module. I have really enjoyed my first term and understanding what we will be covering across the 2-year degree in International Financial Services. Even though the workload is quite intense I consider myself to be quite organised and therefore this makes the workload very manageable. I am really looking forward to learning new topics next term and hopefully performing well in the exams in March.

I was fortunate in gaining my paid Undergraduate Employment Programme placement at RBS International. Since starting my placement my November I have really enjoyed working on Thursdays and Fridays and everyone has been very welcoming. My particular placement is a rotational scheme which I really like as I am still unsure about what specific area of finance I would like to specialise in for my career after my degree at the Jersey International Business School. Currently, I am working in Operations and soon I will be moving to a completely different department within the business and therefore across the 2 years I will receive a vast exposure to many different areas of finance and banking. In addition, even within my short time with RBS International, I have found it really helpful in relation to the theory work that I have learnt in class as I can see how it is practically applied in the workplace on a daily basis.