I often find it perplexing how time seems to pass dynamically dependent on various factors … whether it be mood, environment, activity or age.

Over the past five months it feels as though I’ve been living on fast forward, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.  As the new kid on the block at Solomon’s, it’s been a steep learning curve with bundles of processes to get to grips with across a multitude of platforms and whilst it has been a challenge; the time has gone by in the blink of an eye.  In this case, it really is an indicator of how great the rest of the team here has been. Whenever I have a query or need assistance, there’s always someone on hand to give me a nudge in the right direction. I genuinely can’t think of enough superlatives to sound my appreciation to these guys for how amazing and supportive they have been since I started here.  They set a great example as well; they all take such pride in the work that they do and it makes each of us want to do better.

Up until this point, I have mainly been doing relatively basic admin tasks, but I am now gradually taking on more challenging projects and I have recently been involved in creating specialised calculators for our use and in assisting with the processing of new business.  The difficult nature of some of these tasks has really helped me ‘kick on’, and I love having the opportunity to demonstrate my skills, as I confess to being quite a competitive person in just about everything I do!

As my familiarity with these projects and processes improves, in time I’ll be able to embrace more demanding duties, and hopefully will be part of the creative processes here that help us discover ways to refine and streamline our existing procedures; which in turn will benefit our clients across the board.

One of the best things about the team ethic here is that everyone at Solomon’s is encouraged to bring up and talk about ways to improve what we do for our clients and this is quintessential for a modern operation.  Feeling valued by the people I work with, also serves to reinforce my belief that my early experience of Solomon’s is one of the best opportunities I have had – and I hope to be a part of this team for many years to come.

Sam Harris
Solomons IFA

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