Zurich has announced it will extend its ongoing partnership with talent resourcing firm Grad Mentor to attract more graduates to financial advice.
According to Zurich head of distribution, retail life and investments Kristine Brooks, "These partnerships are perfect complements and reinforce Zurich's role as the pre-eminent champion of adviser professionalism in Australia. Last year the partnership saw 60 high quality graduates secure roles with licensees across Australia."
The partnership will involve Zurich hosting "speed-networking" events for young graduates and established advice practices, as well as introducing further professional development pathways for the profession.
"At a time when education standards for advisers are under the microscope we want to give a greater voice to young advisers at professional development events, who can not only learn from some of the most experienced advisers in the industry, but also share their own unique ideas and fresh perspectives with the profession," Brooks explained.
Grad Mentor founder Alisdair Barr added, "New financial graduates are getting advice from family, friends and universities that this is a great career path. The pace of change and innovation within the profession - particularly with technology - is an exciting prospect and many graduates see financial advice as an attractive industry to get into as it will keep them on their toes."