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 journey so far is something that we’re very proud of and it just goes to show that with the right attitude and work ethic, the sky really is the limit.
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after university and wanted to keep my options open by doing my degree in Business Management. I was attracted to working in finance or the financial side of business and knew that my strongest skills in general are in writing and problem solving.
It took a lot of searching but I did end up finding something that I thought was the only role in finance that offered a mixture of writing, solving problems through a bit of investigative work and a sense of doing something that has an impact you can see. I knew at this point I had to pursue Paraplanning as a career option – I came across The Grad Scheme and it was the ideal option for me, as it meant I was given on the spot training and continued support throughout my progression.
I haven’t looked back in the five years since this point!
I’ve recently passed enough exams to get Chartered status and, while a lot of work, loved the process of gaining qualifications each step of the way and being able to demonstrate a commitment to developing my level of professional standard.
I think the ongoing sense of being challenged is what I like the most. Things are always changing in this world and while I’ve only been in the industry five years, the landscape feels so different from when I started. There’s no certainly no way you can rest on your laurels in this type of environment which keeps everything exciting.
In more recent times I’ve been helping the next cohort of graduate paraplanners develop from scratch and have enjoyed being on their journey as much as my own.
Without The Grad Scheme, I don’t know if I would have stumbled into financial services so early into my working life and I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now!”