If you’re keen on travelling around the world and experiencing a variety of cultures, then I honestly cannot think of a better place to work than deVere.
I joined as a financial coordinator in Dubai, which at the time was the most successful office in the company. As a fresh-faced 23-year-old, to work alongside some of the most talented sales and finance professionals in the industry was exposure that I could only have dreamed of. It was hard work and very demanding, but what I loved about that office was that when help or advice was required, it was always on offer from a variety of senior advisors. My earnings were in excess of £40,000, which were high, bearing in mind there's 0% tax rate in Dubai and it was my first year out of university.
Since then, I have had the pleasure of working in offices in Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Barcelona and Malta. I have also progressed in a rapid fashion - and that is not just down to my own initiative. The company believes and invests time and money in their employees in the long term. Having started as a graduate trainee in 2008, I am now the head of the private client division.
deVere can offer you excellent opportunities for career progression.
I joined in February 2011 after graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a 2:1 in Business Studies. Within 18 months I was promoted to recruitment manager, running my own team from the Malta office. This involved helping to set up the New York office in the Chrysler Building. I spent about a month over there in total, conducting interviews and arranging training. I then moved to Abu Dhabi to work as a financial coordinator, and fully expect to step up to a senior consultant position in the next six to 12 months.
Promotion here has nothing to do with length of service. It's purely about results. So the harder you work, the further you'll go - and the more you'll earn as well.
I joined deVere after graduating from Aston Business School with a 2:1 in Business and Management.
I started off working in the Client Services Division, looking after clients in locations where we had no office, and then moved to Barcelona when the division relocated. I'm currently working as a consultant in the Abu Dhabi office. There's a great atmosphere here, and I've had the opportunity to work with some really driven and successful people.
The products we can offer our clients at deVere are immense, and the exclusive relationships we have with the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley make our job so much easier.
The level of training I have received from day one till now has never stopped, and is always being updated. The level of support is also second to none, whether it comes from other consultants, your manager, your regional manager or even the CEO, Nigel Green, himself. Nigel spends considerable time making sure we have the best opportunities in our markets, so our clients can safeguard their financial futures.
Then we have our back office administrators, who are always ensuring that everything is in place and being processed. This is essential, as we often have to operate within very short time frames.
deVere is at the forefront of the industry, not only in terms of helping clients have greater control over their futures, but also in terms of ensuring all consultants are fully trained and up to date. During my time with the company, I have been lucky enough to live in some fantastic locations and experience different customs and cultures, all while having my family here by my side.
I have worked for various companies within the finance industry, and have found deVere to be far more advanced. The training, product range and back office support are all much better.
There's also real enthusiasm here. The company consistently promotes positivity, which has had a direct effect on my motivation and helped me transform into a young professional with a hunger to succeed.
During my 4 years with deVere they have taken me from an inexperienced Business Studies graduate to a fully qualified Independent Financial Adviser.
The graduate programme enabled me to gain my U.K Certificate in Financial Planning. This was also combined with extensive on the job training, a theme that has continued throughout my entire time with the company. I now have my Diploma in Financial Planning and have experienced working in London, Zurich & Barcelona. I'm extremely grateful that deVere has enabled me to reach a point in my career years ahead of any of my peers.