The Blog

Fabulous finalists! 23rd August 2019

Yesterday was a day filled with celebrations here at HQ – as we got the news that four of our grads have been shortlisted for the Professional Adviser New Talent Awards. As if this wasn’t enough to have us rummaging around to find our party hats, we also found out that as a team, we […]

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Another Diploma in the bag! 20th August 2019

Lee Hastie Dip.PFS. That’s right – Lee has achieved his CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning *insert party emoji*. Lee joined The Grad Scheme in 2017 and has had an incredible journey so far – we asked him to tell us more about this below… What were your biggest challenges? My biggest challenge was trying […]

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Say hello to… Alice and Alanis! 7th August 2019

After joining us back in April at our most successful assessment day so far, we knew that these two new grads were a great fit for us! Four months on, they’ve finished their degrees and are settling into their roles of Graduate Compliance Support at Apricity – on that note, meet Alice and Alanis!  

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Say hello to… Johnathan, Ellie & Luke 15th May 2019

Another successful application day sees us welcome another group of budding grads into our ever-growing team. Since the last cohort, we received a vast number of applications and we really were spoilt for choice – meaning our three new recruits should be extremely proud of themselves for standing out and making us smile. Without further […]

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Holly’s got her Diploma! 16th April 2019

Holly joined The Grad Scheme in 2017 and in less than 2 years, has achieved her CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning! It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Holly, but she’s overcome every hurdle and should be so proud of herself, as we are. She’s quite literally had her cake and eaten it (see […]

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Personal growth 5th April 2019

Last week our Marketing & Communications Assistant, Jas, attended the B2B Marketing Expo, in London. It was a great opportunity for her to go along, attend some seminars and report back to the office full of new knowledge. As a business, we think it’s incredibly important to invest in our team and to ensure that […]

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Managing stress at work 14th March 2019

It doesn’t matter how much we love our jobs – it’s inevitable that from time to time things get a little much at work, and before we know it, we’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Otherwise known as, stressed. Whether it’s workload, personal challenges or other factors – it’s bound to […]

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What TGS has done for me – Grant 20th February 2019

This week, we’re looking at Grant and what The Grad Scheme has done for him. For us, Grant is the ultimate success story – from a fresh-faced Business Management graduate, to a Chartered, award-winning Paraplanner – it’s safe to say, he’s achieved great things over the last 5 years with us. Supporting Grant throughout his […]

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What TGS has done for me – Hannah 13th February 2019

Hannah was our first ever grad to join the Apricity team and since coming on board, she has gone from strength to strength! Below, she tells us her story and explains what The Grad Scheme has done for her. “In 2017 I graduated from the University of Law with an LLB Degree. When I left I wasn’t sure […]

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Why us? 23rd January 2019

As you may have guessed, we’d happily talk the ears off anyone who will listen, about how wonderful we think The Grad Scheme is. However, we know that sometimes it’s best to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, (so to speak!), and we know how important peer reviews are to you Gen Y/Z-ers! With […]

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Job or Career? 9th January 2019

The difference between a job and career. With 2019 in full swing and the ‘New Year, New Me’ quotes filling your Instagram feed, you may be thinking about a change of direction. With that in mind, we thought a good place to start would be understanding the difference between a job and a career. It […]

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Say hello to… Michael & Andrew 29th October 2018

We have reached the final cohort of 2018 (where has this year gone please?!). It’s been an exciting year for The Grad Scheme, as we have welcomed yet more amazing grads into our ever-growing brood. There’s been a hefty amount of exams passed and a lot of progress made with our team (more to come […]

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What do millennials want at work? 4th September 2018

It’s a question that baffles most employers; what do millennials want at work? As a company, we already have a good handle on what millennials want but we’ve done a bit more digging and these are the key points we have found… A clear career path  Millennials are looking for employment where they can see […]

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How to write the perfect cover letter 20th August 2018

So, it’s an important part of applying for the job. It’s your chance to stand out from the crowd. It’s the first introduction a company has to you but it can also be a really daunting task. This is a short blog post with our top tips on writing the perfect cover letter and also, […]

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All about Alasdair 14th August 2018

“You graduated ages ago, you can’t apply for that!” This is a phrase we have heard time and time again. The truth is, we don’t actually care how old you are! We don’t discriminate. We employ people who have a 2:2 degree or above and simply just bloody impress us. The more background you have, […]

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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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