‘My experiences with WorldNet have been very positive.
I forwarded my CV to WordNet at 8 o’clock one evening and received a call the next morning from Georgina, to arrange an interview for the very next day!
From my first meeting with Sonia Middleditch, I was impressed by her professionalism, backed by extensive knowledge and experience. Her interpersonal skills are outstanding and you soon feel you are in a safe pair of hands. It wasn’t long before she evaluated my USPs and how they could be matched against her impressive range of worldwide contacts.
The training course was one of the best I’ve been on and, in my 35 years as a financial adviser, I’ve attended quite a few. There was a good balance of factual and motivational content with the opportunity to talk to the presenters, as well as the other attendees, either over lunch or during a tea break
I would not hesitate to recommend them.Theo Lemos
‘I have known Sonia for several years now and she has kindly placed me in two separate offshore roles.
On each occasion she has listened intently to my thoughts and requirements and as a result, diligently placed me with the right organisation.
Sonia and her team make the whole process of joining an offshore company hassle and stress free.
I look forward to a long, fruitful and an ever professional relationship with Worldnet for many years to come’Lawrence Clifford
Sonia has gone above and beyond in furthering my career in financial services. Not only did she find a suitable position for myself but supported me throughout the entire process, providing advice, guidance and feedback.
The communication has been fantastic and very personal and I couldn’t recommend WorldNet highly enoughRichard H
My experience with WorldNet has been exceptional. Sonia Middleditch is a consummate professional who clearly commands respect internationally and possesses a network of extensive IFA-industry connections. Additionally, she is a classy lady and extremely nice and empathetic person, which is not true of everyone who can boast of her background, abilities, and track record. Her Assistant, Cat, was extremely well-organized, efficient, and also personally charming.
With respect to the course I recently attended, the hospitality afforded to the delegates was second-to-none. The course content was five-star, with speakers and discussion leaders who were relevant, interesting, and professionally recognized in their respective fields. I would have been pleased to attend the course as a conference, even had I not been pursuing IFA placement opportunities, due to the calibre of the experience and wealth of information imparted.
I have continued contact with fellow delegates and session speakers and am thankful for these connections. Sonia’s follow-up since my recent completion of the course has also been excellent, and we have been exploring and progressing multiple, viable opportunities that could be a fit for me personally and professionally. I am excited about launching this new chapter in my career and would highly recommend WorldNet to all considering an IFA placement abroad.Alexandra Cook
After spending 18 months or so talking with various offshore recruitment agents and offshore brokerages direct, I had become very concerned and despondent about the professionalism, ethics and lax attitudes. I was starting to think my dream of working offshore was going to remain exactly that. Then I found Worldnet Recruitment!
From the initial telephone contact through to interview and training course, Sonia put me completely at ease and I was more than impressed with her knowledge, experience and honesty.
The training course was very insightful and I gained a lot of knowledge on what to expect as, not only an offshore adviser but as an expat in general. The content and speakers were great and it was obvious a lot of thought and planning goes into these courses to ensure all candidates gain as much as possible.
I had already chosen a destination I wanted to work in and Sonia worked with me on this and, during the course, Sonia introduced me to the Director of a successful brokerage from that region who I felt confident I could work well with.
I am now very much looking forward to the move and feel that I have the right skills and knowledge to achieve my goals in a destination where I know I will be happy.
I cannot thank Sonia and Hayley enough for their support and would say, if you are thinking of making the move do not waste the time I did and just contact Worldnet RecruitmentStacey Arcus
WorldNet Training and Recruitment contacted me within one day of receiving my CV and invited me for interview within a week. After accepting me as a candidate they started working on my behalf to find me a suitable position in the country of my choice. I am now about to embark upon what I hope will be a very rewarding career in Finance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Throughout the process Sonia and Hayley were most helpful and informative and I can highly recommend WorldNet Training and Recruitment to other candidates looking for offshore positions. Thank you to you all at WorldNet.L Oakley
WorldNet have opened my eyes to the opportunities that lie in the offshore arena. Their industry knowledge coupled with their extensive list of contacts has helped my transition into the offshore market and more importantly succeed.
For anyone thinking about a career offshore you will be best served by WorldNet. WorldNet, I will be forever grateful for your help and assistance.Gavin Hilton
I met Sonia, following an awful experience in my first offshore position, where the broker that I had joined were one of the bad apples, and had returned to the UK, looking for the right opportunity for me. Sonia quickly put me at ease and through the excellent professional manner in which she worked, she has used her vast experience in matching the candidate with the broker that she felt would be right for them.
I definitely feel that Sonia has all the credentials to be able to identify with her candidate, and to know instinctively where the candidate would be best suited, and I feel that without her help, her vast contacts and her know how, I would still be worrying about my next move, but through attending the course with WorldNet, I feel that I am in the right place to really make a mark in the world of offshore financial services!
For that, I would like to thank Sonia and Lauren, and would recommend anyone in a similar position, to utilise this great service!M Daly
I felt the course was well structured from the text book outset to the realms of field realism at the close. Each presenter showed a strong knowledge in each field of their willingness to explain further over lunch and dinner was beyond their call of duty which was very refreshing.
Sonia and Lauren hosted the course in a true diplomatic style with personal touches that made the course shine. Each of our group gelled the day before the course started and today we keep in touch thanks to Sonia who showed such personal diligence from the first step.
To summarize, very proud to be on the course where, standards, contents, subject were highly commendable. Thank you Sonia and Lauren.Neil Reece
I would like to thank you and Olena for your professional organisation and attitude during the Offshore Financial Training course I participated to with 7 others on 5th December 2005.
Apart from enjoying very much the company of the other participants, the beautiful area, the excellent accommodation in Aldeburgh and the good food in classic local pubs, I learnt a lot on the approach to the Offshore financing thanks to the high quality of the trainers and the companies they represent. Their presentations were clear, easy to grasp and highly professional.
In my opinion, this one-week course is ideal even to a newcomer in the industry (which I am), as it provides the necessary basics to be able to start selling the various offshore investment and pension plans products available to the expatriates all over the world. I also appreciated the feedback from various players of the industry such as people who have been involved in the sales for many years and who are enjoying the financial rewards it has given them. The last day with Richard Parramint, a professional coach, helped me understand a lot about myself and the attitude to demonstrate when faced with potential clients.
In a nutshell, the whole course is well worth the money invested and I now cannot wait to reap off the financial and lifestyle rewards this opportunity is going to give me.
I wish to thank you again for giving me this lifetime opportunity of being able to achieve my most ambitious dreams and for the quick placement you helped me to find in Kuwait with a professional and serious brokerage who is providing me with exactly everything which was mentioned i.e. flights, accommodation and visa assistance. As far as I am concerned, you have fulfilled every promise you made during our first meeting and I can only praise the services of WorldNet Recruitment & Training. I shall keep you informed about how I am setting up in Kuwait.Isabelle
After many years of seeking an appropriate Overseas Brokerage I came across WorldNet’s Recruitment Campaign via the International papers and enquired as to how they could assist in seeking a reputable Advisory firm which would meet my requirements of support and backing. I was delighted to meet the Staff at WorldNet who were ever so helpful and promptly guided me through a selection process and placed me on a week’s residential course in Framlingham.
The course content was extremely rewarding in many ways. Having already tripped out as an International Advisor for several years, I presumed that I knew everything until after the course, where I was so pleased with attending, as I gained more knowledge, friends and useful but all important do’s and don’ts.
This has all helped me out here to no end and am eternally thankful to WorldNet. I have now successfully been placed with a reputable and expanding firm in United Arab Emirates and am pleased to say have been writing sizeable business, more than I have ever done before. I have gained a lot of respect from my new clients, from all corners of the earth, from the information I deliver to them and the service I give.
Again, thanks to Sonia, Olena and the training team at WorldNet. In parting, I would say to anyone simply ‘thinking’ of going abroad to ‘Just Do It’ and reap the rewards, fun and a better life style the International Life has to offer. Good Luck!!R Masters
It is with great pleasure that I give this Testimonial: I would like to thank WorldNet Recruitment & Training for giving me the opportunity to expand to my full potential in this industry. I came offshore at a time that the UK Financial Services Industry was in turmoil. They were able to place me with a first class organisation.
This was achieved by selective recruitment based on various factors that WorldNet Recruitment & Training were able to spot during their training course.
I am now currently in my sixth year offshore. I was promoted to Sales Director for the largest Asian Offshore Brokers last year and enjoying every minute.G. Cuzzocrea
When I was recommended to contact Sonia I was pleasantly surprised at the personal touch she has with all of her clients as well as the new candidates. I have used recruitment consultants in the past, but I have never had a personal interview before, where Sonia takes the time to discuss your requirements and tailor them to your needs.
After attending her course for the week I left feeling very confident that she would find me a position that would suit me. Sonia’s professionalism is second to none and I would have no hesitation in recommending her and WorldNet Consultants, to anybody looking to move abroad to workIan Sherlock
I have been asked to write a personal review of my experience with Worldnet / Sonia Middleditch. Unfortunately, I was not offered any compensation for this.
Sonia has been successfully placing financial services consultants with selected employers globally for over twenty years and to do this she needs to get to know the applicants because she knows the requirements of all her partners, all of whom she also knows personally.
The first step, after applying to Worldnet with your CV and usual covering letter, is an interview, in my case nearly three hours, in which she describes her connections and process. She told me that I was completely different to the impression she got from my CV! There is a small fee, presumably to weed out time-wasters, the mentally-unstable, perverts and blackguards, this is to cover the cost of the offshore course. Before the course, I was asked to write more detail regarding my experience and to really consider what I wanted to do and where.
After much anticipation, I was unexpectedly extremely impressed with all the speakers on current developments in the financial services industry and even the professional and relaxed psychometric session on the final day. Sonia was present too, clearly she was eye-balling us candidates and later I realised she was using the results to synchronise with what her nose was telling her.
The finale of the Worldnet process is another session with Sonia as at the very beginning. She made three suggestions, but whilst the style was as if I had a choice, it was clear one contact she had was from the point of view of his requirement and mine by far the most interesting given all the factors to be taken into account. Presently I had a meeting with this person at a very exclusive location in Pall Mall, London and Sonia had hit the nail on the head. I had been told in detail what to expect and so it was, and I have no doubt that Sonia already knew how it would go.
I am looking forward to a long and successful relationship with this organisation.
For me Sonia is a gold nugget in the financial services recruitment field, professional, friendly and shrewd and I hope to be able to express my gratitude in a monetary form soon, although I have not mentioned this to her yet, since the next part is dependent on me of course, hard graft, because the only result of doing nothing will be nothing, with a little bit of luck too, which we all need.
I am happy to speak to anyone who requires further information.Brown, Bernard
I have found the services of WorldNet to be professional, friendly and highly relevant.
Sonia Middleditch is well versed in the overseas market and manages to utilise her profound knowledge of the marketplace to good effect. Her PA reveals her proficiency in organising very helpful courses. Speakers are top notch and Sonia’s ability to attract them speaks volumes about her good standing with prospective employers and technical specialists.
Essentially, WorldNet takes an interest in you as an individual; you are treated as a person, not a statistic in a filePeter Linnecar
Thank you so much WorldNet for the course I attended in July 2014. First of all their hospitality was second to none and the course itself was extremely beneficial to all concerned, I felt very welcomed. The speakers were of the highest calibre and serve as valued connections. I found the course to be carried out with the utmost professionalism.
I feel much better prepared for my future role and excited at the prospects that are before me. I remain indebted to WorldNet for all their hard work and eagerly anticipate my new role in the coming year..Simon Lea
WorldNet Recruitment & Training has an exceptionally high standard of training delegates for the offshore finance industry and is a must for anyone to attend before going overseas to work, a credit to Sonia and the team.Graham Tyrrel
Sonia and Hayley at WorldNet deliver a unique professional personal service for both client and broker.Mike McGarvey
I would like to thank Sonia and Lynda for a fantastic week, not only did they present a professional and uplifting training course but also made me feel more than welcome. I like many financial advisers have felt the impact on our industry in this country and contacted WorldNet after a colleague of mine recommended Sonia, from the initial interview with Sonia I knew it was the right move.
The presenters were all interesting and beneficial and I met the broker who I will be working for in Dubai and came away from the course with a new direction in life, I really enjoyed the course and how it was run and made some good friends, I am looking forward to a new start and would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to working offshore.
The advice and training from WorldNet is invaluable, thanks again Sonia and Lynda.Steve Jones
It gives me great pleasure to give this testimonial to WorldNet Recruitment and Training.
I first contacted Sonia in 2006, after an awful experience working for a well known brokerage in Baku. I was more than impressed with the way Sonia reassured me not all offshore brokers were the same.
I was quickly put at ease through Sonia’s unique, friendly and professional manner and after an initial interview, found myself being placed with a brokerage in Bahrain within 2 days of our meeting, where I enjoyed 2 very good years.
However after a brief time back in the UK, I turned to WorldNet for help again and was quickly marketed through Sonia’s many contacts within in the world. I am now placed with the best brokerage in Asia, where I enjoy the many exciting opportunities within the Asian ex-pat market place and have as Sonia promised become part of the family.
I would more than recommend WorldNet Recruitment and Training to anyone who is seriously looking for a career in Offshore Financial Services, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime and thanks to Sonia and her team have achieved all the many expectations and promises made to me from our first meeting and will be forever in your debt, Thank you. I will endeavour to keep you posted of my progress in Shanghai and Beijing.
The course was excellent and the presenters were all beneficial, in their own way. Sonia and Olena looked after us wonderfully. It really did feel a privilege to be there and that you were being taken care of. There was a lot to take in, but it was done in a relaxed atmosphere with no added pressure.
Delighted and looking forward to my new start. It will be an absolute honour if Sonia invites me back to discuss my ‘success’ overseas!Philip Anderson
Attending the training course at WorldNet was a great experience. Being almost 25 at the time, I knew I had a lot to learn, but I was ready to absorb the product and sales training and learn more about expatriate life to enable me to focus on a particular country. I particularly enjoyed the personal development training by Richard Parramint from Positive Speech and learnt a lot about myself.
All the delegates from the group bonded instantly and we all still keep in touch. I found Sonia very approachable and she advised me which countries and markets would be more suitable, bearing in mind my age and gender. I now have a fabulous career ahead of me and I am very happy that both my husband and cat will also be joining me.
I have learnt that having a positive and determined spirit put me in good stead to securing a position with an excellent brokerage in the Middle East. I keep in touch with Sonia and Olena and am most grateful to them for all their help.
The broad range of skills, knowledge and perspective of the presenters on the WorldNet training course provided a wholly rounded understanding of what would be required working offshore: the markets, culture and sales environment; the professional & personal techniques and awareness necessary to survive and thrive; all reinforcing that the ‘pot of gold’ was real and attainable – but endurance was the key.
Superb course! I gained a positive benefit – even when the initial impact was negative – because this proved there was more than one way to crack this “offshore” nut.N. Herbert