Pembrokeshire-based Thomas and Thomas Finance has hired Emma Jones as a trainee financial planner.
Jones (pictured) is a business management and finance graduate from University of Wales Trinity St David.
The firm began looking for fresh talent in November 2016, and initially enlisted the help of recruitment companies. However this approach was not successful, and managing director Darren Lloyd Thomas instead began working with universities in Swansea, Carmarthen and Aberystwyth.
After six months the firm discovered Jones, who impressed Thomas by having worked as a store assistant manager while completing full-time study.
She said: ‘The skills I have gained during my time of study, including problem solving, analytical and social skills, have helped. Just a month after completing my course I was fortunate enough to receive this job offer.’
Jones will now begin studying towards the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Diploma in Financial Planning, and will be sitting in on client meetings.