#MeetFinTrU: Daniel Marquess shares his story of his professional development during his career with FinTrU
MONDAY 16 MARCH 2020
As part of our #MeetFinTrU feature, we are sharing the stories of our employees who have pursued professional qualifications during their career at FinTrU.
Meet Daniel Marquess, Analyst 2 at FinTrU.
What is your role in FinTrU?
I joined FinTrU in February 2019 after completing the FinTrU Belfast Financial Services Academy X. During my time at the company I have worked on two KYC projects for Tier 1 Investment Banks.
Why did you decide to join FinTrU?
I was attracted by the dynamic culture and spirit of FinTrU, and by the chance to expand my knowledge in a completely new discipline.
What are the benefits in pursuing professional qualifications during your career?
Pursuing professional qualifications is key to investing in yourself and your future value. It is crucial to always keep learning, be it in education or work, in order to meet and exceed client expectations.
How did FinTrU support you in your professional qualifications?
Even before officially starting at the company, FinTrU had supported me through their Financial Services Academy system. Coming from a Physics background, the Financial Services industry was completely new to me. However, through the dedicated classes on KYC, Compliance and more, I was quickly brought up to speed for my career at FinTrU.
Since joining FinTrU, I have received a great deal of support for further study and qualifications. These include the wide variety of courses available on Udemy, professional development through the many Lunch & Learn sessions, and through the time provided to study for the CISI Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) exams 1 and 2. I was recently awarded first prize in Northern Ireland at the CISI Annual Awards Dinner in Financial Compliance which I am extremely proud of and would not have been possible without the support from FinTrU.
As for more personal studies, I also received encouragement from my team and manager in my study of the Japanese Language, and successfully passed the level 4 Japanese Language Proficiency Test in December last year. My goal now is to reach business-level Japanese to add to my skillset for my professional career.
What advice would you give to those starting careers in Financial Services?
My advice would be simple: never stop learning. In the current financial climate, the regulations are ever increasing and evolving, and in order to keep up, you must constantly keep atop of these developments.