In May 2012, Edward Jones announced its FORCES initiative – an innovative training and mentoring program targeting veterans and qualifying dependents (per the GI Bill) without financial services backgrounds but with the intangible qualities that make a successful financial advisor.
Candidates can receive the GI Bill’s on-the-job training benefits while in the Edward Jones training program; however, each state must approve the use of the funds. So far, only Missouri has approved these funds.
Why do vets make good financial advisors? According to a survey conducted by ORC Int’l on behalf of Edward Jones, people favored doing business with veteran-turned financial advisors for the following reasons:
- 77% of people surveyed value veterans’ discipline
- 73% value that veterans are goal-oriented
- 72% value the integrity of veterans
Roughly 11% of Edward Jones financial advisors are vets, and the company aims to increase that percentage. The company was ranked No. 5 in FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2012.”
To learn more about FORCES, apply, or find out how to get your state to approve apprenticeship benefits, visit: http://www.ejcareer.com/forces/