Mike Card is a Financial Adviser who has worked at One Solution since the launch of the financial planning team in London.
It was my first role in financial services and as a Financial Adviser. Previously I was an Army Officer in the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. I completed my Certificate in Financial Planning between my first and second interview with the sales manager in London. As a new entrant I was only armed with my degree in business economics and finance and mortgage and investment qualifications gained prior to this role. From this I started as a protection and investment adviser. Once I gained competent adviser status (CAS) I went on to complete three more Openwork courses (Planning for Retirement, At Retirement and Investment Specialist).
One Academy has trained me from a new industry entrant financial adviser through competent adviser status to being able to conduct all pension and specialist investment business. On top of this I have almost completed my Diploma in Professional Financial Advice and started studying towards Chartered status.
One Academy offers flexible work based assistance and support that allows me to study in and around my work commitments. On top of this it has delivered business skills workshops. The Academy has helped me improve both my academic, regulatory and business knowledge.
The best thing about One Academy is the flexibility to design your own bespoke study solution; to be able to work and earn money whilst studying towards business related aims.
I intend to continue working with One Academy to study other exams including Certified, Investment Management Certificate and finally Chartered status.