Experience and Skills
Years 1 and 2 - D.A. Davidson Corporate Office (Seattle, WA)
As an Apprentice Financial Advisor you will spend the first two years learning the core competencies of wealth management, with a focus on financial planning techniques, client service skills, and technology. You will be provided materials and everything you need to study, sit for and pass the FINRA SIE, Series 7 and 66 licensing exams, as well as the Washington State insurance exam. Upon completion of the required licensing exams, you may begin studying for an additional professional credential. You have the choice between the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and the Certified Wealth Strategist® credentials.
During the first two years you will:
* Learn wealth planning techniques and strategies, delve into the complexities of financial and estate planning, and become a specialist on the firm’s financial planning software, MoneyGuidePro®, eventually serving as a subject matter expert to Financial Advisors throughout the firm as they prepare financial plans for their clients.
* Participate in intensive training programs in Great Falls, MT, and Seattle with other Trainee Financial Advisors and Apprentices to learn the skills and techniques required for meaningful client interaction, portfolio construction, investment implementation, and practice management.
* Serve as a key and valuable member of the Financial Services Representative (FSR) Team, honing your skills by directly advising and guiding clients through investment strategies and proposals, and identifying opportunities to help clients achieve their financial goals.
Throughout your time as a member of our Apprentice team, you will engage with Senior Financial Advisors around the firm to learn about the various aspects and nuances of managing a practice as a Financial Advisor. In your second year, you also will begin discussions with leaders in the firm to determine where you might fit into a growing practice, or start a practice on your own.
Year 3 - D.A. Davidson Branch Office Experience (various locations)
The third year of the Apprentice Program is very hands-on and provides practical opportunities to complement your experience in Seattle. You will spend several weeks visiting and observing multiple branch locations and teams before you move to your final branch assignment. This will provide the opportunity to learn and experience the Wealth Management business through different perspectives, and to continue to familiarize yourself and interconnect with our firm’s top producers.
After your multi-branch tour, you will begin the exciting move to your assigned D.A. Davidson branch. During the remainder of year 3 as an Apprentice you will serve as a Financial Advisor team member with a pre-determined Financial Advisory team or individual.
Your branch assignment will be purposeful with a great deal of consideration and needs matching and is based upon a variety of factors, including availability, location, and living arrangements. Best efforts will be made to incorporate your preferences.
Upon completion of the program, it is our goal that you formally join an existing Financial Advisory team or individual or start your own practice. If this is not possible, you may be qualified for another role within the firm and will be encouraged to apply for other open positions. Completion of the Apprentice Program does not guarantee a permanent role at D.A. Davidson.
The Apprentice interview process is as follows:
September-October 2022 - Applications accepted and first-round virtual interviews held
November-December 2022 - Panel interviews and final decisions made
Monday, July 10, 2023 - Apprentice Program begins in Seattle
The Apprentice Program application deadline is November 14, 2022.
For more information, contact Julie Schneider, Vice President - Director of New FA Development and Acquisition, at (360) 571-3721 or email@example.com.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.