Financial Services Courses Prepare Students for Changing Banking Industry Does obtaining a position at places such as banks, trust companies and credit unions; financial planning firms, mutual fund companies, securities/brokerages, and accounting firms interest you? Have you completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older)? In addition did you finish the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment as well as the Math Grade 11 C, M or U, or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment? If so, you may be eligible to benefit from the financial services courses offered within Centennial College’s Financial and Client Services program. Not only does this three semester program see students graduate with an Ontario College Certificate, be prepared to take on the industry’s demands and give them the ability to assess clients’ financial position and interpret their future needs, it also allows them easy access to further education. That’s because after completing the finance courses and financial services courses, graduates have the option to transfer into the second semester of Centennial’s Business Finance program, where they will gain in-depth financial knowledge and a college diploma in just over one year. Whether they pursue a career right after finishing the financial planning program or they pursue further knowledge, students can rest assured that they are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a changing banking industry. In fact, the financial services courses were created because while the people who use banks have a varying amount of goals, the advisors who work at the branches must understand each client’s financial needs and help him or her to fulfill them. Centennial College’s finance courses give students a financial background with effective marketing strategies that add value to a bank’s services and deepen client relationships. How exactly is this achieved? First, financial services courses in this offering balance a traditional financial foundation and creative problem solving, effective marketing skills and superior customer relations strategies. As such, students of the financial planning program are provided with training using the full Microsoft suite including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. To practice their skills, students also have access to a Contact Centre Lab, which prepares them to transfer their communication, customer service, keyboarding and financial skills to contact centre operations. Aside from computer skills, finance courses and financial services courses cover: financial accounting, Canadian financial services, strategies for business success, mathematics of finance, soft skills development, principles of marketing, personal credit and more. Students will also build upon these skills through a live out-bound community project. Students obtain another hands-on component to their training thanks to a 13-week field placement at a financial institution in the final semester. The field placement prepares graduates of financial services courses with key industry experience, and networking opportunities to enhance their resume prior to seeking full-time employment.