Emily Bain

My day would typically begin by checking my emails as well as our internal task log which allows me to see any upcoming tasks/deadlines and allows me to plan my day. General day to day tasks consist of arranging payments, bookkeeping, preparing minutes, sending documents to clients and responding to client queries. I’m also a member of our sports and social committee which keeps me busy and is something I really enjoy.

What do you think are the three most important skills to succeed in your career area?
Organisation – You need to know what is going on in order to prioritise and manage your work load.
Communication – It is important to have strong verbal and written skills to communicate with both clients and colleagues from other jurisdictions and at dierent levels.
Time management – It’s no good organising and communicating well if you can’t meet the deadline.

Was this something you planned to do or did you change direction at any point in the past? If so, what was that and was it easy to do?
I began working for Sanne in August 2014 after completing my A-levels at Jersey College for Girls. I knew that I wanted to work within the finance industry from various work experiences I had completed. After considering studying at university I decided I would prefer to work at a company such as Sanne where I could study towards a professional qualification as well as getting the job experience I needed (and earning money at the same time).

What do you love most about working in your career area?
Each day varies as I work on several dierent clients and I enjoy working as part of a team. In particular I enjoy attending client meetings and especially those where they discuss investment proposals and higher profile businesses that I recognise. I also enjoy assisting with the preparation of the Net Asset Value calculation.

Are there any negative aspects of working in your career area that people considering it should be aware of?
For any school leaver I would say a massive challenge is adapting to a new routine with longer hours and less holidays and there are times when juggling your workload and studying can become hard. However as long as you put in the effort and dedication to your exams/studies when necessary it is definitely achievable and very rewarding.

What training / qualifications did you undertake for your current role or are you currently undertaking?
I joined Sanne on the training programme which provides support towards various professional qualifications including ACCA/ ICAEW/ICSA. I’m currently undertaking my ACCA exams which I chose because it is internationally recognised and allows me to work in many areas of finance and business.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of this career?
Studying for a professional qualification opens the doors to a wide range of career opportunities. If you have a general interest in business I would definitely advise you to apply to summer schemes or do work experience to see if you enjoy the job/career path.

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