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CISI next generation: a spotlight on 10 wealth young guns - part 2

Here we ask the CISI winter exam passers what professional benefits they received from passing.

In the second part of our two part series we shine a light on another 10 recently qualified wealth managers.

This next generation of wealth managers is going full steam ahead, passing their Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) winter 2017 narrative exams, but what does this actually mean to the new generation?

The post-graduate professional level qualifications are internationally recognised, while their completion leads to full membership (MCSI) and eventually individual Chartered status either as a Chartered Member or a Chartered Fellow.

Here we ask the industry young guns what practical lessons they learned and how they can apply these to their day to day roles.

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In the second part of our two part series we shine a light on another 10 recently qualified wealth managers.

This next generation of wealth managers is going full steam ahead, passing their Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) winter 2017 narrative exams, but what does this actually mean to the new generation?

The post-graduate professional level qualifications are internationally recognised, while their completion leads to full membership (MCSI) and eventually individual Chartered status either as a Chartered Member or a Chartered Fellow.

Here we ask the industry young guns what practical lessons they learned and how they can apply these to their day to day roles.

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Would you recommend taking these exams to others, and why?

Alyssa Davison ACSI, junior portfolio manager, Sanlam

Absolutely. These exams represent the industry standard and can give you the competitive advantage within the financial services to go further in the path you choose. As more professionals are constantly upskilling and striving for professional excellence, without them it’s likely you’ll fall behind. As well as the useful, applicable knowledge in the workplace, the higher level exams can open up opportunities whatever career path you choose.

Outside of the professional advantages, I think it’s invaluable to invest time in yourself and prove the different qualities you know to be true. To illustrate a desire to learn and improve, to stay current in the industry and show discipline and commitment.

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David Onwuejeogwu, international relationship manager, HSBC Private Bank

Yes, I would. The exams are a great refresher for all areas of financial planning and helping to improve technical knowledge and understanding at all levels. Of all the exams I have taken in my career, I actually enjoyed the material and still go back and reread articles and content. Finance can be fun!

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Wesley Harrison CFP™ Chartered MCSI, financial planning director, Investec Wealth & Investment

Yes, but for those with some prior experience. A lot of what is learned and the context in which it is applied is easier to understand if you have been providing advice for a few years prior.

The exams enabled me to have a better understanding of the role the investment managers in the office provide to clients and also a broader understanding of clients’ needs, accounting for more up to date practices and theory. It has also given me a deeper understanding of the various investment methodologies used for private client investing and being able to see these put into practice in real world situations.

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Lucy Scullion ACSI, investment manager, Redmayne-Bentley

Yes, to be recognised for your commitment and determination is a great achievement. The route to sitting and passing the exams enables you to gain an in-depth understanding of all the relevant sectors within the investment industry and this is vital to becoming a confident, competent person. 

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Stephen Blakemore Chartered FCSI, portfolio manager, Hargreave Hale

I would wholeheartedly recommend the exams to anyone who is wishing to further their career in wealth management. The exams helped me move from inputting address changes in operations to managing multi-million pound portfolios. Taking the qualifications has given me the knowledge to build portfolios with multiple asset classes and ensure they have measurable diversification benefits.

The exams have given me the professional standing and recognition of being a chartered fellow which is recognised across the industry. The practical lesson I have also learned is incorporating assurance products into my KYC reviews with clients. Not to sell them, but rather to be aware of their benefits in wealth planning.

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What professional benefits, besides attaining regulatory permissions, do you receive from passing the exams?

Jonathan Gollop Chartered MCSI, associate director, relationship manager, Standard Chartered

The CISI is a widely recognised professional body and they are consistently providing a  variety of events to allow its members to continue their personal development and build a network within the financial services industry.

I have taken two sets of qualifications, the level 4 Investment Advice Diploma and the level 6 Private Client Investment Advice and Management exam. My role involves providing investment advice to a portfolio of clients and these qualifications have enabled me to enhance my knowledge and understanding of financial regulations and the wider investment world, resulting in me being able to provide my clients with a full and comprehensive investment management service.

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Luke McAfee MCSI, trainee investment manager, Cave & Sons

Passing the exams affirms a high level of knowledge required for the day to day job role, as well as commitment to your studies and personal development.

On a professional level, attaining the qualifications will assist in taking on more senior responsibility within the investment management team, and have an added bonus of being able to upgrade my CISI membership to full member status, which carries the well regarded MCSI designatory letters.

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Nick Michaels Chartered MCSI, private banker, Arbuthnot Latham

Credibility. In today’s environment, clients are more aware of the standards and levels within the industry. Being able to demonstrate you have studied and passed high level exams give clients confidence in your ability. It also shows your dedication to the profession.

Being able to plan your studies, execute this and ultimately be successful is a great template you can take into your role as a wealth manager/private banker. Being disciplined and committed to your studies transfers to your ability to manage client portfolios and your book of clients effectively.

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Lee Ramsden, wealth manager, vice president, Barclays Wealth & Investment Management

Peer recognition is important and by showing dedication through studying you become the go-to adviser in the office on technical points. I aim to ensure that all my clients get the most holistic and bespoke advice available that is relevant.

Studying for and passing CISI exams this allows me to ensure my knowledge reflects the most current thinking. It allows me to ensure that all my clients get the first class level of advice that they deserve.

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Annie Cross, private client manager, Barclays Wealth & Investment Management

I attend CPD events to further my knowledge. I also volunteer for local schools to help educate the students in financial matters. Having this qualification helps my credibility in this area.

Studying for the PCIAM exam has improved my technical knowledge and also encouraged me to read up around certain areas to give me context for the exam. This technical knowledge really helps when I’m conducting reviews with clients and providing them with advice on their investments. I would absolutely recommend taking the PCIAM exam. It is hard work and you need to put in the hours, but you learn a lot. You feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment when you pass. It also really improves your technical knowledge, which is only going to improve the service you offer to clients.

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