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Gradu8 | Emma Pannenbourg

Gallery speaks to recent graduates about their move to the working world, what motivates them and what advice they’d give to those who are new to Jersey’s top companies.

Emma Pannenbourg


Age: 23

Uni Attended: University College Jersey, Highlands

(studied through Plymouth University)

Course Undertaken:

BA Honours in Business and Management (1:1)

What did you want to be when you were 8? A builder

Favourite way to relax: In the sea floating around on

the boat or my paddleboard

Favourite place to eat in Jersey: Anywhere with Italian food

What’s your favourite possession?

My paddleboard and bike (it’s a tie)

What made you choose the company you worked for?

When I joined Sanne they’d not long been the first Jersey Company providing fund administration services to list on the London stock exchange. That in itself was an attraction. They were also growing very quickly and I knew that, with that, came opportunities to learn and develop with exposure to things I wouldn’t necessarily come across in other organisations. Sanne’s culture was also an important factor in choosing to join the business as everyone is approachable, willing to help and open to change.

What sort of professional training do you take?

I am currently studying towards my Level 7 Diploma in Human Resources Management through the CIPD. This qualification allows me to learn while in the workplace and can also be converted to a Master’s Degree at a later date. These elements mean I can apply my learning practically in my role and also remain flexible with room for further development if wanted. Sanne as a company are very supportive of your personal and professional development and having that support network at work makes all the difference.

What do you do on an average day?

No two days are ever the same and my role has evolved and changed with the business whilst I have been here. A typical day could include processing payroll, looking at learning and development within the business, meeting with employees, advising the business on HR matters, liaising with third party providers and attending recruitment events. I also deal with individuals and employees from Sanne’s 15 jurisdictions so I need to take different cultures and time frames into account.

What is your next step?

My focus at the moment is to continue with my professional qualification whilst learning in my role and in the future I may look to convert my qualification into a master’s degree. As a global business Sanne also offer the opportunity to undertake secondments or transfers where possible and it would be a great opportunity to experience working in a different jurisdiction.

What advice would you give yourself as a graduate considering the experience you have now?

Experience is key, get as much of it in as many different areas as you can to help you decide what career direction you would like to go in – don’t discount certain areas or industries as they’re often not what you think. I’d undertaken work experience throughout my degree so had a good idea of where I wanted to go but otherwise would have found this very difficult. Opportunities present themselves all the time and it’s important to take these and step out of your comfort zone.



We place a great deal of emphasis on attracting the best talent. Offering an exciting and challenging range of opportunities can attract graduates back to the Island as well as providing those wanting to embark on a career straight after A-Levels with the opportunity to work towards attaining a professional qualification. Please note that we require candidates to hold entitled to work status to apply.


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