Enter the Workforce with comprehensive Financial Training Courses!

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Enter the Workforce with comprehensive Financial Training Courses! Photo by Jason White

Do you have an interest in pursuing an exciting career in the continuously expanding financial services environment? Have you completed at least Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or are hold mature student status (19 years or older)? In addition have you completed English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 C, M or U, or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions then the financial training (officially known as Financial Services Fundamentals) offered by Centennial College in Toronto, Ont. might be for you.

Mutual funds is one particular area of significant growth in the financial services sector. Professionals who consult upon and sell mutual funds must be licensed. Accordingly, this one-year financial training program includes a course leading to a license to sell mutual funds. This license, coupled with courses in marketing, sales, business and communication, equips graduates with the qualifications and skills sought by employers in the industry. Experienced faculty members who are professionals from the industry deliver the financial training courses within the offering. This ensures that students gain insight from people who have been in the field and are able to offer real-life scenarios that students themselves may encounter upon graduation.

Specific financial training programs offered in this undertaking include: Personal Credit (introduces students to the principles of credit extension. Topics include consumer lending, mortgage lending and financial statement analysis affecting particularly consumer loans and mortgage applications.); Mathematics of Finance (through classroom instruction, students review basic algebra as applied to business issues while being introduced to the common practices in consumer finance as used by Canadian companies); Canadian Financial Services (surveys the financial services industry structure and services provided and provides the technical foundation required for entry into the Canadian Securities Course); and more.

Centennial College’s financial training graduates are able to continue their education in the school’s two-year financial training program. This allows them to further enhance their qualifications in just one year and enables them to pursue lucrative careers in the broader financial services industry.

Should students, however, choose to enter the field right away, continued growth in the financial services sector provides exciting employment opportunities for qualified individuals. “Many people end up working for banks and some people work for mutual fund companies selling mutual funds or advising on mutual funds to the general public. I am confident that in eight months, if you pass the exams, if you meet the standard, there are jobs available,” says Harvey Willows, a professor in the financial training program.

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Jason writes about the financial training courses offered to students of Centennial College. He includes detailed descriptions of courses offered within the financial training program.

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