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 I chose FSI CareerPlus because it was providing access to a valuable qualification in an industry that had a wide range of job opportunities. FSI CareerStart team? All the team at CareerStart were very helpful and professional in all my dealings with them. The lecturers were of an extraordinary high standard, I cannot praise them highly enough.

Matthew Reilly CareerPlus student 2015

I chose FSI CareerPlus as I felt the diversity of the Programme offered me the chance to up skill and to explore and gain a broader view of the issues currently faced by the Financial Services industry in Ireland. I had returned to Ireland after 25 years working abroad so I also felt I could contribute to the programme in class from an international perspective.

The standard of lecturing is second to none and the support provided to students by everyone at FSI and the IOB has been excellent. I had not been in an academic environment for many years and value both the modern lecturing techniques and the support of FSI and IOB.

Jerry O’Connell FSI Careerplus Student 2015

I’ve found in FSI CareerStart a great opportunity to gain qualification in Financial Services environment; Course leaders and lectures are very professional, giving constant help and good advice. My studies have been supported by internship, where after three months I was able to secure a permanent position. I would have no hesitation in recommending the program to a friend looking for advice on same professional area.

Gabriele Solinas – FSI CareerStart Student

I chose the FSI / Careerstart because of the quality and flexibility of the programme which also suited my programme of up-skilling and actively looking for work. I will always recommend this programme to others because of the huge knowledge base and the opportunity it has given me to blend this with practice; I am one of the lucky ones whose dream of working in the Fund industry has been actualised through the work placement programme.  

Alex Alino – FSI CareerStart Student

I have been unemployed for many years. The FSI CareerStart programme has changed my career prospects in a very positive way through the assistance of the FSI CareerStart team and the lecturers. Having completed a Professional Certificate in Investment Fund Services, and a Diploma in Management (which covered topics on organisational behaviour, team work, and interview techniques), I was offered a work placement offer in a Fund industry through FSI CareerStart programme in August 2013. With the addition of the work placement on my CV I was successful in being offered a job in BNY Mellon in January 2014. If this worked for me, I believe it can work for you.

Bukola Oladele – FSI Career Student

At Citi we have supported the FSI CareerStart Programme from its inception in 2010 and over the last four years we have placed over 60 students on internships and have converted 50% of these interns into full time paid roles.  The programme provides students with both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience which will increase their employability for a career in Financial Services.  We are very proud our involvement with this programme

Aidan Brady, Chief Country Office, Citi

I have worked in various accounting roles for 29 years and was made redundant March 2013 and unemployed for the first time in my life with my 50th birthday looming. After spending a number of months unsuccessfully trying to obtain a new position I came across a Springboard circular regarding Springboard outlining various options. During my time trying to seek employment I noted the number of jobs that were in advertised in Fund accounting but as I had no prior experience in the field I was unable to apply for any of them. As luck would have it Springboard was offering a fully funded course in Investment Fund Services run through FSI CareerStart which included a Diploma in Management. An offer of education in an area where there is employment prospects together with a desire to change my own career and upskill/reskill at the same time meant signing up for this course was a no brainer Unemployment is both a lonely and dis heartening experience. Signing up for this course opens your eyes to the array of very qualified and professional people who are in the same boat as yourself so the first benefit is that it gives you hope again. During the course interaction the key skills you will acquire is team work skills. The course is also a lot of focus on discovering your own personality/style so this has the enormous benefit of also highlighting areas for personal development. Finally the course offers the opportunity for a work placement, which I gained through the project.. And of course the FSI CareerStart team are always at hand to help/advise. I been successful in my studies and gained two qualifications and a work placement In short don’t hesitate sign up!

John Dennis – FSI CareerStart Student

In 2013/2014 I took part of FSI Career Start program - Option A - Professional Certificate in Investment Fund Services. I was motivated by strong Government support in job creation within Financial Services, especially the Funds. On a personal level I am very interested in the workings of the banking, economy, financial markets, investments and flow of funds. This course has helped me to deepen my understanding. The structure of the course enabled me to seek employment almost instantly. Learning supports provided by the FSI CareerStart Team, Institute of Banking as well as Ibec Management Academy is invaluable - which contributed greatly to my success in the exams. Lectures were provided by industry experts with long standing record of practical experience. This is of particular importance to any new comers with no previous experience in Financial Services.   I would strongly recommend the program for anyone who either wants to enter or already works in industry. The course opened many doors for me.   There are networking opportunities, study supports, mentoring, career advice and job placements for anyone seriously considering taking a step forward in their professional development.   The course is demanding but also very rewarding. It teaches about the real world and provides fantastic opportunity for candidates,  

Tomasz Andrzej Jaraczewski – Student

After becoming unemployed in July 2013, I decided it was time to seek out new opportunities through upskilling and further education. After investigating the courses on offer through Springboard, I decided that the FSI Career Start was the course for me. It offered me two qualifications which were both relevant to my past experience and my future goals. The FSI CareerStart team were very helpful and supportive in providing all the information required to secure a place on the most appropriate course to take. The course content was extremely relevant, up to date and the lecturer’s experts in their fields. I was successful in gaining an internship with Citi. The internship, together with the courses, and my own determination, has led to my success in securing a permanent contract with Citi, in their Alternative Investments division.


David Cummins, FSI CareerStart

Having recently returned from Canada I was a little unsure in what direction I wanted my career to take. I was always interested in learning about how investments worked, and wanted to further my understanding of the fund services industry. I had been applying for roles with little success, quite simply I did not have the relevant experience or qualifications. I heard about the course through a friend and quickly applied, and was accepted to the programme in September 2013. Within weeks a work placement was arranged. From the start I gained great experience and exposure to the industry. Within six months I was offered a full time position in the middle office department. There is no way I could have secured this without partaking on the programme. I strongly recommend this course, if you want a diverse and stable career in the investment funds industry.

David Canavan, FSI CareerStart Student

I was unemployed when I heard an advertisement for the course on the radio. I had been working in sales and was finding it difficult to get a job. I joined the course which started in September 2011 and was surprised by all the support I was given by the organisers and lecturers. The course was fun which shocked me because it was in management and investment fund services. Work placement interviews were set up and arranged for us and after my first interview I was offered a placement. A month later I was offered a full time contract at a good salary. The course has completely turned my life around and the life skills I was given are driving me to achieve success in the industry. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in a career in financial services.

Stephen Mc Keon, FSI CareerStart Student

FSI Career Start I found the FSI Career programme an excellent opportunity for us to take on qualified, professional candidates that were looking for an intern placement. The candidates were of great quality and the assistance that we received from the staff was excellent, which made the whole process effortless. I would highly recommend this programme as we found ourselves a great candidate who we ended up hiring

Elaine O’Carroll – HR Business Partner at Allianz Worldwide Care

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