Advice: Build your skills to build your career
This week’s answer comes from Thomas Dobson, Vice President, Financial Planning, RBC Wealth Management.
am a 25-year old international student preparing for my Investment Funds in Canada exam. I don’t know what to do next. How should I prepare myself and gain some practical knowledge in my new field?
Rest assured that taking the exam is a great first step. In wealth management especially, a good rule is to ‘always be learning’. That means that once you’ve completed IFIC, build your skills by taking courses, like registering for the Certified Financial Planner® curriculum.
Most programs require real-world work experience as a key step to becoming certified. That means it’s important for you to get into your first job in the field as soon as possible. Don’t shy away from entry-level positions, either. They’ll give you the experience you need and begin to lay the foundation of what will be a rewarding career.
You also may not be able to get a job in wealth management or financial planning right away, but as long as you’re in a position to see it in action you’ll be well positioned. Think about associate, analyst or assistant to advisor roles, for example. Remember that there are many potential career paths for where you want to go, so don’t be afraid to explore all of your options.
To start, look at the career pages of financial services companies. It’s also a good idea to call professionals in the field to arrange an informational interview. They can help you identify your perfect fit.
It can seem daunting, but when you take care of developing new skills, finding work experience and buildinganetwork,you’llbetakingcareofyourfutureaswell. Do you have a question about the future of work? Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer it here in Star Metro.
When it comes to a career, a good rule is to ‘always be learning’ – build your skills by taking courses and immersing yourself fully in your industry of choice.