One Exam Away from Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning

by Adam on December 31, 2014, no comments

IFA YorkI hope you have had a good 2014, and if not, that 2015 is set to be a better year.

This time last year I had a clear vision of the job I was looking for: a small financial advising firm, ideally in or around York, working with families to help them grow and manage their wealth.

It was a clear vision but I didn’t know how long it would take to come to fruition. I just knew I wasn’t going to compromise, however difficult it got, and it was getting difficult.

I had originally set a target of employment at a financial advising company of Easter 2014. That target date was then moved on to my birthday at the end of May.

I missed it, but only just. Thankfully my opportunity came in July 2014 when I started at Beaufort Financial Planning (Yorkshire).

I have written an article for Professional Paraplanner Magazine with more of my thoughts about my journey that you can read here:

Filling the Void

Since I last updated this site, I have passed 2 more financial exams, R04 Pensions, and R05 Protection, and have just one final exam, R06 Financial Planning, to pass my Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

I’m intending to sit the 3 hour written paper in April 2015 so I will be spending the first quarter of 2015 in study alongside my day job.

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This post was written by Adam, a Financial Services Apprentice (and aspiring financial planner) based in York, UK. Read more here. To follow his progress just put your name and email in the boxes below and join the Financial Planning Academy