Valuable, career-long experience
1 August 2022
We’re in the third year of our Summer Programme and each year we welcome a great group of talented, driven young people, both new and alumni.
We wanted to find out more about them – first up is Hollie Carter who is new to the programme this year.
We asked her…
Where are you at in your studies?
I’m about to enter my final year at Bath Spa University studying Business and Management. I think I’d like to go into the finance industry once I graduate next summer when I plan to begin my ICSA qualification.
What’s your role and what are your responsibilities at Saltgate?
I’m working in the fund administrating team who focus on real estate. My responsibilities include drafting minutes, reviewing payment packs, completing workflows, and drawdown notices.
What are your hobbies or what do you do for fun?
I enjoy going out for meals and drinks with my friends and walking my dog on the beach – I miss being so close to the beaches in Jersey when I’m away at university.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be many things – I’d change my mind every day! But I’d say I wanted to be a vet as I’ve always loved animals. I also wanted to be a dancer as I did dance from when I was little up until I was around 14.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m quite good at gymnastics as I used to do it when I was younger. I’d always be on my trampoline and I still do it every now and then – I suppose it’s my party trick!
What’s your favourite part of your role?
I would say working with my team as they’ve made me feel welcome from my first day – and we have a laugh together. I also like the responsibilities I’ve been given. It’s very hands on and interactive instead of just watching someone do the work.
I’ve learnt lots already and gained new skills that I can take with me in the future.
What’s been the best experience you’ve had as an intern at Saltgate?
I’ve really enjoyed how Saltgate have included social aspects into the programme, like the group project work, as the socials every Friday – it was pottery painting last week.
It’s really nice for us interns to get to know each other more.
What’s been the most surprising thing?
Saltgate’s flat office structure – I was sat on the same table as the directors and my manager which makes them more approachable. The office isn’t too big either which means you see familiar faces every day and get to know more people.
What advice would you give a student considering an internship or work experience?
Do it! I doubted myself for a while and wasn’t sure if I could do it or if this type of experience was for me, but it’s important to just apply and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
This was my first time working in an office, 9-5 and I didn’t think I’d enjoy it, but it’s been one of my best experiences and has helped me in deciding my future once I finish university.
What’s your favourite part of Saltgate culture?
I like how Saltgate’s values are involved in everything they do. I can see first-hand that the culture within the office is created by the people you work with. You treat your team with respect which creates a safe and open environment where everyone can feel relaxed.