Dan Yergan is an associate financial planner with Valmark Securities in Akron, OH. Beginning in college with a corporate finance major before transitioning to personal financial planning and securing himself a fantastic internship opportunity, Dan has had an ambitious foray into the world of financial planning. He's a great example of what can happen when you’re pursuing your passion and not afraid to take risks.
Listen in as Dan discusses his path to financial planning, including why he chose to go for the CFP exam, his tips for acing it, and how the journey to the financial planning industry changed his initial plans. You'll learn what his day-to-day looks like as an associate planner, how he has managed to get older and more experienced advisors to trust his work, and his advice for new planners getting into the industry.
What You'll Learn In Today's Episode:
- What Dan does for his firm today and what he likes most about his role. (2:00)
- How financial planning started for Dan. (4:00)
- The course that made him realize he had found his place in financial planning. (8:50)
- How he found an internship at Valmark Securities. (10:30)
- The thing that needs to change to make the path to financial planning a little easier for new advisors. (17:05)
- Why Dan took the CFP even though it wasn’t required—and his advice for others thinking about taking it. (20:30)
- How he gets other advisors to trust him. (26:30)
- His advice for those seeking a career in financial planning. (29:00)
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Resources In Today's Episode:
In this roadmap, you'll be guided through the details of various stages of your financial planner career, including position descriptions, licensing, skill and experience level requirements, and compensation ranges.