Do you feel you’re at a dead end at work? Looking to embark on a new career path? Or do you simply have no clue about what to do next, after ruling out the ideas of being a brain surgeon/horse whisperer?
Then why not consider a career in the exciting and rapidly growing business of Sports Trading? Local company Newfield are looking for enthusiastic new recruits to join their ever-growing family.
Gef had a brew with local lad Jack McVey, who’s been a Sports Trader at Newfield for 4 years and counting…
Hiya Jack! Tell Gef, what did you want to be when growing up?
When I was little I wanted to be a professional footballer. I played nearly every day and watched football whenever it was on the TV. I grew up in the days without mobile phones to contact friends so we would just meet on the field, throw our jumpers down for goal posts and play for hours.
Tell us more about your journey to Newfield…
I passed my GCSE’s at St. Ninian’s High School and continued to Sixth Form where I was presented with an opportunity I could not refuse… a scholarship to play Division One Football in the USA at Fairleigh Dickinson University! This opportunity enabled me to play high quality football, as well as attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
After 6 years in New York, I returned home to a booming e-gaming sector which led to my application at Newfield. I responded to a recruitment advert for a Sports Trader because I thought my skills would be a good fit, like being a good team player, quick mental mathematical skills and the ability to work calmly under pressure.
I have found it very interesting to be a part of a growing industry and 4 years later I am still here. The business has progressed in many ways since I started, and will continue to do so.
How do you manage to balance such a busy full-time role with your social commitments?
The nature of our work means that Newfield operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.
There is no denying that it is a little different to other 9 to 5 jobs that might allow you to go out for dinner every Friday night. But we have something others may never have… the freedom and flexibility of our days off.
Typically we work 17 to 18 shifts a month and accumulate 156 hours work. In comparison, a standard office job works 172 hours across 21.5 shifts a month! Despite this difference, the salaries here remain competitive. I personally prefer the flexibility of being able to request days off during the week or at weekends, and not having to take a days holiday.
I also prefer having a varied routine rather than the same thing every week of the year, which can be very monotonous. Although, this is unique to the individual.
What does a typical day at Newfield look like for you…
My shift can vary from a 12am start, to an 8am, and will last for 9 hours. I will either jump straight into action or take a little time to myself to have breakfast or whatever meal is due at that time. Food is one of the many perks provided at Newfield.
We have weekly food deliveries that alternating between Freshly Squeezed, JUST Pizza Pasta, the Alpine, What the Fork or Spice Fusion.
The atmosphere here is hard working and fast-paced but extremely friendly. We are fortunate to have many games to enjoy in the social areas such as a pool table, table tennis, iPad’s and arcade machines… but if that’s not your thing, you can just chill out by the TV and watch something on Sky.
We’ve heard the perks are of Google standard…can you confirm?
Haha! The Newfield standards are pretty high! But honestly…I haven’t heard of another company that looks after its staff like Newfield does.
In addition to the benefits I’ve mentioned, the cupboards are always stocked with food and drinks. We are entitled to a gym membership, a £400 fitness & interests allowance, which can be spent on something like golf fees, football subs, netball fees or yoga. We get a monthly massage which is very useful to relax after work, a pension that Newfield very kindly pay a percentage into each month and a car parking space!
In addition, I recently attended a team building trip to the Manchester United vs. Juventus football match courtesy of the company, this included the hospitality package, flights, and a hotel. If football isn’t your thing, Newfield send employees to the Grand National each year and being an international company, some employees will travel abroad with work which is an enticing prospect in itself!
What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a trader at Newfield?
I think the greatest advice is to be open minded and try your best to adjust to the shifts. It can be tricky to balance your social life with your work life, but it is definitely worth trying, because it’s a great company to work for. Being able to join in on the office banter helps create a happier environment, when employees get along, your work life is pleasant and the days fly by!
Manx Home Town? – Douglas
Local Footy Team? – Played at St. George’s for 10 years but made the summer move to St Mary’s
Best Beach? – Peel
Favourite Pub? – Hooded ram
Queenies or CCG? – CCG
Have you got the mental arrhythmic SKILLS it takes to work at Newfield?! Then give these questions a go.
Email your (hopefully correct!) answers to [email protected]
You are at a fair stall where the game is to pull cards from a deck of 52 cards. It costs £2 to play and you can win £2.
1) To win, you must draw a 10, Jack, Queen, King or Ace card with your first attempt. What is the chance of you winning?
2) You win the previous game. The stall operator allows you to play again without putting your card back into the deck. What is the chance of you winning this game?
3) Your cards are put back into the deck and is shuffled. This time, you need to draw three heart cards. What is the chance of you winning if you are allowed only three card draws?
4) What is the chance of you winning all three games and making £6 profit?