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Adam Laird, FinTrU Analyst 2, receives CISI Award for achieving the highest mark across the UK in the CISI Introduction to Investment (Education) qualification


Adam Laird, FinTrU Analyst 2, has received an award from CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment) for achieving the highest mark across the UK in the CISI Introduction to Investment (Education) qualification. We caught up with Adam to find out a bit more about his journey and why he recommends pursuing professional qualifications as part of your career pathway.
Congratulations on the award, Adam. Could you share a bit about your current role at FinTrU?

Thank you. I currently work as part of the FinTrU Legal team on a Brexit Remediation project for a Tier 1 Investment Bank. This roles involves drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal trading documentation with the client.

What are the benefits in pursuing professional qualifications during your career?

For me, the main benefits in pursuing professional qualifications during your career is the opportunity to learn new skills and develop your existing knowledge. This can play an important role in helping you create solutions whilst working with the client. It also is the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications which can support your career progression pathway at FinTrU. It allows you to increase your professional profile and demonstrates your ability to add value which in turn increases your reputation both internally and with the clients.
How has FinTrU supported you in your professional qualifications?

FinTrU has sponsored the cost of completing my IOC (Investment Operations Certificate) qualifications so I have been able to professionally develop at no personal financial cost. The FinTrU management has been very supportive around the examination times and we are provided access to extensive online resources to aid study. During the Academy training period, we had scheduled time with the lecturers at Ulster University to help with the IOC Unit 1 exam also.
What advice would you give to people who are starting their careers in Financial Services?

I believe that people should look to pursue a form of professional development as early as possible in their career. Think about completing qualifications or short courses that would benefit you in your role and help you reach the next level. Do not be afraid to discuss professional development opportunities with your manager as in my experience they have always been very supportive of these type of professional goals.

To learn more about a career at FinTrU, please visit our careers page.

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