Guernsey Financial Services Commission have just opened applications to their 2015 graduate programme. However, unlike many graduate roles, this opportunity is based out in Guernsey. Never been or want to know more? We've identified our top five reasons as to why you should be considering a career in this buzzing and picturesque location...
1. A Sociable Scene
As in all places where young professionals are at work, Guernsey prides itself on a great range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops - ensuring that your lifestyle and socialising needs can be easily accomodated. If you're a foodie then Guernsey is a fantastic place to be with regular food festivals and the freshest seafood you can find. There is lots to do if you are interested in water based activities such as yachting, sailing and paragliding, and likewise the music scene is buzzing with a number of music festivals taking place throughout the year.
2. Strong Industry Network
Guernsey is home to a large financial industry including over 30 banks, an investment management sector with more than £85bn in assets, more than 150 fiduciaries with over £350bn in trusts and companies and the dynamic Channel Islands Stock Exchange. If you are thinking of kick starting your career in the financial world then Guernsey is a fantastic place to start with the opportunity to build a strong network across the industry.
3. Continuity with more sunshine
Unlike many moves outside of the UK, relocating to Guernsey doesn't have to feel like a huge move. The island is completely English-speaking, the time zone is exactly the same as the UK and the pound is the currency used. However, these home comforts are complemented by some of the benefits of living abroad including warmer weather, a cafe culture not unlike Paris and all the perks that come with 'Island life' including beaches, boating and port-side bars.
4. Travelling & Exploring
Guernsey is part of an archipelago of islands including Alderney, Sark and Herm all of which are easily accessible by boat and make fantastic trips for walking, exploring wildlife, relaxing on beautiful beaches and enjoying some truly beautiful views. Guernsey itself is also a beautiful island to explore, there are many walks that can be taken across the island and St Peter Port is said to be the prettiest harbour town in Europe.
5. It's only 45mins back to London...
If you're keen to stay connected with friends and family then rest assured the travel links from Guernsey are fantastic - both back to the UK and into broader Europe. Flight time from Guernsey to London City is just 45 minutes meaning day trips are an easy and affordable option.
Convinced already? Apply for one of GFSC's fantastic programmes today.