Diary of an aspiring adviser: Blogging makes me feel part of a great community – Money Marketing

By Tom Redmayne

Redmayne TomAfter nearly two years on the outside of the financial planning sector, I have finally planted my foot in the door and now work for an independent firm in Cambridge.

When I embarked on the journey to becoming an adviser, working for a financial planning firm was my number one goal. It is a milestone I am proud of, a waymark on my path to becoming qualified.

While I am happy with my progress, there are still many obstacles and challenges left before I can add a few letters after my name.

Reaching this stage has led me to reflect on my journey thus far and the key moments along the way. The decision to begin publishing content online is easily the most notable moment.

If you are studying towards, or thinking about pursuing, a career in financial planning, I would urge you to get involved online

Since my first blog post in December 2020 I have been in touch with lots of great people. I have met other aspiring advisers and some personal idols — guiding lights who have illuminated the route towards a career in financial planning.

Prior to blogging I had sworn off social media for a few years, finding it a black hole of negativity, sucking countless hours of precious time. I was surprised, therefore, to find such a supportive and welcoming community waiting for me. I have had books sent to me by people in the profession, supportive messages and discussions with industry figures I look up to. Even the opportunity to write this diary came off the back of a tweet.

Writing has helped to clarify my thinking and led me to consume more content, resulting in a wider breadth of knowledge than what is available from studying the textbooks alone.

Prior to sharing my thoughts online, I was travelling a lonely road with podcasts as my only companion. I no longer feel alone.

I feel part of a great community, which is committed to supporting each other and lifting the profession to new heights.

To go far, go together

There is an African proverb that feels fitting: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’

I am now surer than ever that I am on the right path.

If you are studying towards, or thinking about pursuing, a career in financial planning, I would urge you to get involved online. Whether blogging, hanging out on Twitter or being active on LinkedIn, the benefits outweigh any negatives.

Be open, be supportive, share your thoughts and you will reap the rewards.

If you are studying for your qualifications, or thinking about doing so, please feel free to get in touch. I would love to hear from you and am always happy to chat.

Tom Redmayne is an aspiring financial planner. He can be found on Twitter @mantaromoney or on LinkedIn. His previous diary entries can be read here.