The Blog

Say hello to… Fran, Alex & Helen 22nd May 2018

Can you believe it’s that time again?! Our first cohort of this years graduate training programme have joined us here at Para-Sols and are raring to go. Our assessment day, in April, saw us welcome 12 grads who were all hoping to join the crew and three of them blew us away with their personalities… […]

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#MyStorySoFar… by Rachael 28th March 2018

Bringing the #MyStorySoFar episodes to a close is Rachael, yet another one of our fabulous grads! She almost has her Diploma under her belt, below, she explains why you too, should want to strive to succeed… How has The Grad Scheme improved your skills? Since joining The Grad Scheme in 2016, I feel as though […]

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#MyStorySoFar… by Sunaina 27th March 2018

I’m Sunaina, (or Nains), and I joined The Grad Scheme at Para-Sols in July 2017, straight out of Nottingham Trent University where I studied English and Linguistics. When I first started here at The Grad Scheme I didn’t really have much of an idea about all things finance and paraplanning so it wasn’t something that […]

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#MyStorySoFar… by Holly 26th March 2018

Today’s story comes from Holly, who started as a grad for Para-Sols in May 2017. Since joining us, she has been promoted to Junior Paraplanner, which we think is fantastic! How has The Grad Scheme improved your skills? My time management skills have improved significantly! Every case is different – you are always learning new […]

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#MyStorySoFar… by Kate 23rd March 2018

This post is all about Kate and her journey. Kate joined us in 2015 as a graduate and is now a fully qualified Paraplanner, (you go girl!).  Below, she tells us how she’s got to where she currently is and why other people should want to join her. How has The Grad Scheme improved your […]

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#MyStorySoFar… by Lee 22nd March 2018

With the deadline aproaching for the first round of this years applications here at The Grad Scheme, we’re looking at our previous grads and marvelling at how far they’ve come. We want to share their stories with you, so today’s edition is from Lee, a Graduate Paraplanner at Para-Sols, who joined us in June 2017. […]

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#MyStorySoFar… by Hannah 21st March 2018

Today we take a look at Hannah’s journey, here at The Grad Scheme. Hannah joined us in October 2017 and we believe the fact she even agreed to let us film her answers, shows just how much her confidence has grown since she joined us! Click the play button to hear what Hannah has to […]

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Say Hello to… Hannah 16th January 2018

Last but certainly not least our final graduate to join us in 2017 is Hannah!  Due to the success of our Grad Scheme in creating capacity and growth in Para-Sols, we’ve extended our opportunities to our new sister company Apricity and Hannah is officially our first TGS recruit!  She certainly won’t be the last as […]

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Check out our 2018 plans 8th January 2018

We like to think of a new year as a new opportunity, a chance to set new goals and ambitions – both personally and professionally!  So, with that in mind we’ve re-grouped and agreed our business strategy for 2018.  The core focus of this is continued business growth helped along the way by our very […]

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2017 – ‘The Year of The Grad Scheme’ 20th December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we figured it was as good a time as any for a bit of reflection on the year that’s passed us by in what feels like the blink of an eye… It’s been a pivotal and record-breaking year for us – a real turning point for Para-Sols as we […]

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Say hello to… Matthew, Sophie & Alex 4th December 2017

We’re not entirely sure where the last month or two has gone so as the end of the year fast approaches, we’ve stopped, took a breath and realised we have yet to formally introduce our final cohort of this years graduate training programme. Everybody, say hello to Sophie, Alex and Matthew (more affectionately named Mash!). […]

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Say hello to… Lee & Sunaina 24th July 2017

Our graduate training programme is going from strength to strength and last month we welcomed yet another two recruits to the team. We held an Assessment Day at the beginning of June, where 10 fresh and eager grads arrived ready to impress us with their energy and enthusiasm and luckily for us, we didn’t find […]

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The name is Si. Si Warne Dip.PFS 24th May 2017

“I’ve recently completed my Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, which hopefully, is the first of many milestones to come in my finance career. I started with The Grad Scheme at Para-Sols back in August 2015 and although they talked me through a two-year training programme, I was given the reigns for the speed […]

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Say hello to… Sam, Holly & Johnny 22nd May 2017

Last month we promised to introduce you to our latest members of the team, didn’t we? Well hold your breath no longer, here they are and they have some first impressions to share with us. From Cohort 1 of The Grad Scheme, we give you Sam, Holly & Johnny. Or otherwise collectively known as ‘The […]

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Assessment Day Triumph 26th April 2017

First off, apologies for the recent radio silence. We know, it’s not like us but we’ve been busy recruiting some super awesome grads to help us out with our world-domination plans so we hope you’ll forgive us on this occasion. It won’t happen again (ok, maybe it will but we’ll try not to). You avid […]

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The Grad Scheme: Kate’s Story 10th March 2017

Having graduated from University with a degree in Zoology, it’s safe to say I most definitely wasn’t planning a career in finance. Admittedly, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was I wanted but the natural starting point for me was looking at jobs and work experience in Zoology and Ecology, but nothing I came across […]

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The Grad Scheme: Grant’s Story 9th March 2017

As an inexperienced graduate who knew they had a lot to offer, it was difficult getting past the ‘experience in……’ barrier. So probably like most, when I embarked on the whirlwind that is ‘job-hunting’ after Uni, my first port of call was looking into the many Graduate Programmes that were on offer. Not a fan […]

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The Grad Scheme: Rachael’s Story 8th March 2017

After studying Accounting & Finance at Uni, looking for a job in financial services came instinctively to me but, with a huge range of roles on offer, I wasn’t exactly sure what career I wanted to pursue. Personally, I was put off applying to any of the ‘big four’ as I had heard stories from […]

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The Grad Scheme: Simon’s Story 7th March 2017

After graduating from University with a degree in Accounting & Financial Management, I wasn’t exactly sure which career path I wanted to take. All my uni friends were looking to secure jobs in the city with the usual big accountancy firms, but although I didn’t know exactly what it was I wanted, I was certain […]

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