Charlotte Black is in her first year of the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services Degree at the Jersey International Business School University Centre. She also applied for the Undergraduate Employment Programme with Moore Stephens in support of the degree, and was successful in passing their rigorous interview process in order to be one of the two students invited to take their first step in a career in finance with structured, paid work experience.
Before starting at Jersey International Business School I had just completed my A levels at Jersey College for Girls. Although starting the degree at JIBS seemed like a frightening experience initially it didn’t take long before I made new friends and felt a lot more settled.
Since I have lived in Jersey my whole life the idea of moving away to university seemed very appealing to me. However, when I started to look into the idea more thoroughly it became clear to me that I didn’t want to leave. Many factors influenced my decision to stay on the island such as being close to family and friends; however, the main reason for my choice to study on island was the cost. This degree is over a period of two years and therefore wouldn’t take as long as if I was to do the same course in the UK. Further to this, another reason which influenced me to study in Jersey was the opportunity to gain work experience alongside doing my degree.
As well as studying for my degree I was lucky enough to get an Undergraduate Employment Programme placement at Moore Stephens. During this placement I will be moving around the different departments within the company, over a period of two years, gaining a better understanding of the financial world. This will be extremely helpful as the variety of work that I undertake at Moore Stephens will directly tie in with my studies at JIBS.
I am really enjoying my experience so far in my placement having been in the Human Resources and Internet Technology department. I am currently working in the Trust and Corporate department which is particularly helpful for the current subjects I am studying as it enables me to learn and well as experience the different tasks.