Business NewsGradu8Chloe Ham-Howes

Chloe Ham-Howes

Trainee Administrator, Crestbridge

Age 19

Education/University Attended

Beaulieu Convent School 


My A-Level subjects were Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care 

What did you want to be when you were 8 years old? 

An Air Hostess 

Favourite way to relax

Definitely going to the beach with friends. 

Favourite place to eat in Jersey

El Tico 

Favourite possession

My phone

Chloe joined Crestbridge in September 2022 on the company Trainee Programme. Aimed at recent graduates and school leavers, this two-year programme gives hands-on, practical experience across different client-facing departments. Over the duration of the scheme, the trainees explore three busy teams, gaining invaluable work experience, as well as studying towards a recognised professional qualification. 

What made you choose to work for your company?

Crestbridge stuck out to me when I was considering my employment options after school – I wasn’t 100% sure what area of the finance industry I wanted to go into. On that basis, the trainee programme that Crestbridge offers allows me to work in three different departments across the business, before then choosing the one I feel I’m most suited to at the end of the two-year programme. From the first interview I had here, I knew this was where I wanted to work; everyone seemed so friendly and kind from the get-go. 

What professional training have you done?

There’s a great Learning & Development team at Crestbridge and there’s so many courses, webinars and presentations you can sign up for. But, as part of the trainee programme, you work towards a recognised professional qualification and I’m currently studying towards the Chartered Governance Institute IFA Level 4 qualification. I’m enjoying learning this side of the industry too and I’m getting ready to sit exams for this in June.  

What do you do on an average day?

Every day is different, and my tasks will vary daily – I love that no two days are ever the same. I’m currently working in the Real Estate Funds team and as a Trainee Administrator, my main duties consist of liaising with clients, making payments, making calls to clients, and drafting minutes for client meetings. 

What is your next step?

I’m just coming to the end of my first eight-month placement, and I’ll move to the Private Equity Team in May, which I’m looking forward to. Ultimately, my next career step is to work through the three team placements, study hard and become a qualified administrator in the next few years. I’m really enjoying the work and the company, and I’m pleased I made the decision to join the Crestbridge scheme. 

What advice would you give yourself as a graduate or school-leaver considering the experience you have now?

Joining a business straight from school was definitely a challenge at the start, it’s so different from school life. I think the best advice I could give would be: 

1. To not give up when you think things aren’t working, you can learn from every challenge.

2.To take every opportunity you get – there’s so much you can benefit from, both through the work you do, but also through the training options and social activities that companies offer.

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