Vito Faircloth, a former Career Ready student from Cirencester College, was told on Friday 2 December that he has become a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (PFS). Having passed all 19 exams first time, at the age of just 22 he is the youngest ever Fellow of the PFS, the leading professional body for the global financial services profession.
Speaking of the achievement, Vito said: “I was always a solid ‘b-grade’ student throughout school and didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do in the future. I was really shy and lacked confidence talking to people I didn’t know.
“I decided to spend an extra year at college to complete different courses so I’d have more options for a career in business, and in that time I joined the Career Ready programme. The opportunity to attend events like speed networking, as well as having the chance to complete an internship with St James’ Place Wealth Management, had a massive impact on my confidence.”
Having decided against university, when he finished college Vito contacted Anthony Flynn, Financial Planning Director of Investec, on LinkedIn and asked for his advice on how to enter the industry. He joined the Attivo Group in Cheltenham and had finished his first six exams in little over three months.
In August this year Vito started a new role as Wealth Manager at Investment Quorum. He continued:
“I’m incredibly motivated and determined, hence the exams. My plan has always been to be the best adviser I can be. From my very first job in McDonald’s when I was 15, I’ve known I need to work hard. I want to be a future leader of the industry and I’m pleased my experiences will show other young people that you don’t have to follow the traditional university route to achieve great things."