TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. Preferred Job
3. Course Structure and Modules
4. CCA and Enrichment Activities
5. Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
6. APA Citations and References
Many people have a wrong perception that studying Banking and Financial Services means that they will be working in a bank in the future because of the word ‘banking’. In fact, I was one of these people too. I thought about how great would it be if I am able to work in a bank in the future, thus the reason to why I entered this course. However, upon entering this course and going through all the modules, I realised that being in this course does not signify that we will end up in a bank. There are many more career opportunities that I can actually choose from not just banks to financial institutions and actually any companies as they all need someone to take charge of their financial assets. Another reason is that I am really interested in monetary studies, so this course perks my interest, even more, knowing the fact that I am able to learn so many things related to money. I am the type that picks up on interests fast thus I do not have specific interests as I have different likings from time to time. Nevertheless, I usually go back to my previous interests after a while. Even for all that, my current interest is learning a foreign language which I find it really useful as well because I get to apply that to my life when I am travelling or even in Singapore when someone approaches me for help. I am told that my brain works really fast too like coming up with ideas and put them to use which I believe that it is one of the many skills that I do not know. Furthermore, I have fast adapting skills whereby I get used to changes quickly.
According to the online tool, www.mynextmove.org, I scored the highest for enterprising in my interest profile, followed by social then conventional. From this result, it is clear that I am a person that likes to take actions rather than thinking in which I think that it is true as I do prefer doing hands-on work than sitting down and think despite my fast working brain. Additionally, I like to meet new people and work, interact and help them when they are in need. I would not say that I am very sociable, but I have been trying to improve in this area. Last but not least, I am a person that likes to have a clear agenda when working. This is so that I can plan things out properly before I start doing my work which may interfere with my productivity. Hence, in my opinion, I think that the results are pretty accurate as the top traits given are what I am mostly interested in currently.
2) Preferred Job
Personally, I was not really clear about what career I would actually like to pursue in the future. However, I do prefer to have a more freestyle kind of job and after going through the one-to-one talk, I was suggested to financial planning. Thinking that it was a good suggestion, I went on to research more about the job. From what I have found, financial planner’s roles are to assess individual’s financial needs and assist them as they do their investments, helping clients to plan for their goals both in short and long-term and recommend them investments that match their goals. As a financial planner, they manage and advice on client’s finances and gives them the best proposals in managing their financial assets as well as giving them the best deals on investments that benefit them. However, before that, they have to go through thorough research in the investment market before recommending them so as to ensure that they are earning profits. They are responsible for helping their clients to achieve their ultimate goal of earning money through all the stocks and bond investment they make. According to my research, financial planner actually comes under financial advisor too but have different focuses. In this case, in order to become a financial advisor, it is required for me to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, it is good to major in economics or accounting to prepare for this occupation. Some few skills that I found to be necessary for this job are to be active in listening, have critical thinking skills, reading comprehension, be verbally clear in communicating and be service oriented. As a financial planner, they ought to be able to listen and understand client’s financial needs and goals then evaluate on data to figure how to meet client’s needs and goals. It is also important for financial planners to be to understand documents describing the various financial instruments. Clear explanation of financial services that they can provide to clients too is vital among the required skill sets needed. Last but not least, in this industry, it is crucial to have a desire in aiding clients in planning for their future. After going through all the information I have found to be a financial planner, I find it even more intriguing to become one. Being a person that likes clear and direct objectives when doing my work is really useful to be a financial planner especially when I like to plan things out properly. Moreover, as I am into learning foreign languages right now, this additional knowledge can be used in the future too as I am able to work with different people that speak different languages. Therefore, I select this occupation as my preferred job base on my personality, and interests.
3) Course Structure and Modules
Being in banking and financial services really benefits me a lot especially when my preferred job is financial planning. In this course, financial planning is one of the modules I will have to go through in year 2. This can definitely increase my knowledge on what this job is about and learn more about this occupation’s job scope. I will then also be able to apply all the things I have learnt in the future too if I really ended up as a financial planner. Moreover, the modules I have learnt in year 1 like microeconomics, macroeconomics and principal of accounting are also one of the requirements to becoming a financial planner as well. This is because like I said earlier, to become a financial planner, it is necessary for one to major in economics or accounting in which it is what I have or am currently learning. It may not a complete education on this module as we are just learning the basics, however, it can at least let us know the foundation of the module so as to comprehend it better when pursuing this career. Communication skills are really critical too to be a financial planner which I really appreciate that throughout the three years in the school the module called Business Communication can train us to have the proper skill set that strengthens my oral speeches and is prepared for businesses like giving presentations. Ngee Ann Polytechnic also offers a lot of opportunity for me to actually improves my communication skills too which is much needed in order to be a financial planner. Hence, both the modules I am taking right now, in the future and the opportunities are given can really enhance my knowledge and skills in order to be able to achieve my career goals. In addition, there is an IS module called business etiquette which I find it to be really interesting and relevant to work in businesses as it teaches us to have a good flow of communications and train us to have proper decorum as we work in our industry. I actually look forward to being involved in internships a lot as I know that I can learn tons of things from the financial institution where I will be interning. It will be a great experience to know how it is like to be working there and whether it truly suits myself.
4) CCAs and Enrichment Activities
One CCA that I find to be relevant in honing my skills is CCA Champions. Basically what they do is organising and participate in workshops that are run by professionals that hones our management and presentation skills. They provide work and support too with Student Development and Alumni Relations (SDAR) Office to run events. Some few examples of their events to promote all the CCAs Ngee Ann Polytechnic have are organising for CCA Fiesta, NP Open House and many more. I am sure I am able to enhance my leadership skills and also my communication skills if I was to join this CCA and participate in this many events. Next, the activities within the School of BA I can participate to further develop myself are being involved in real-world practice and global exposures that the school offers. An example of real-world practice is to go on a study trip to learn more about what is happening outside Singapore as I go through meaningful activities. As for global exposure, iDare Camp is a great choice to boost our leadership skills overseas at Pahang, Malaysia along with a few other selected campers that are from different courses in the School of BA. More friendships can be forged and at the same time build upon leadership skills as they experience something that they never have before. Through all these, if I am given the chance, I am sure it can allow me to learn many more things that I never will in the future. Another enrichment programme that can stimulate my skills is working part-time. Through that, I can have first hand experience of how it is like to be working in the future thus bring about my awareness of which part of me I should focus more and improve on.
5) Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
Two programmes I can pursue according to my preferred job is to further my studies in Bachelor of Accountancy under Nanyang Technological University (NTU) under the aid of NP’s further studies webpage help to find relevant degree and certifications I can take upon after graduating from NP. As I said earlier on, having a bachelor of accountancy is really applicable for me to become a financial planner. Thus, my choice of degree I wish to pursue after graduating. The other programme I aim for is to study and take courses to prepare for Certified Financial Planner Examinations. This will be my first step to becoming a financial planner if I was to succeed in taking this certificate. The modules for CFPE are foundations in financial planning, risk management and insurance planning, tax planning and estate planning, investment planning, retirement planning and financial plan construction and professional responsibilities. As seen, it is a course that focuses much on planning financial assets. On the other hand, Bachelor of Accountancy focuses on a wider range of modules that relates not just to accounting but laws and financial studies. The admission requirement to taking up Bachelor of Accountancy is to have a GPA of 3.73 and as for the Preparatory Course for Certified Financial Planner Examination, it is required to have an academic qualification of minimum 3 years of working experience from any profession or a GCE A-level certificate as well a high degree of skill in English. Thus, to conclude, the reason as to why I chose these 2 programmes is due to the relation to becoming a financial planner.
6) APA Citations and References
Preparatory course for Certified Financial Planner Examinations. Retrieved from http://www.tmc.edu.sg/course/preparatory-course-for-certified-financial-planner-examinations/#1510122126699-f305fb5c-3e8d
AY2017-18 Grade Profiles, Polytechnic GPAs and Programme Places for ‘A’ level and Polytechnic Applicants. Retrieved from http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/oad2/website_files/IGP/NTU_IGP.pdf
O*NET Interest Profiler Results. Retrieved from www.mynextmove.org
NP Further Studies search results. Retrieved from https://www1.np.edu.sg/ss/furtherstudies/default.aspx?mpage=0
NP Clubs & Societies, Special Interest Group: CCA Champion. Retrieved from http://www2.np.edu.sg/sdo/cca/special/Pages/CCAChamps.aspx
NP Real-World Practice, Global Exposure. Retrieved from https://www.np.edu.sg/ba/Pages/default.aspx
What will a good financial planner do for me. Dana A. (August 9, 2017). Retrieved from https://www.thebalance.com/what-will-a-good-financial-planner-do-for-me-2388442
How to become a financial advisor: financial degree and careers. Retrieved from https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/financial-advisor/
Course Modules for Year 2. Retrieved from https://www.np.edu.sg/ba/Documents/Module%20Description_BFS_Year%202.pdf
Financial Advisor: Job Description. Dawn, R. (September 24, 2017). Retrieved from https://www.thebalance.com/financial-advisor-career-information-526017