As 2018 comes to an end, we take a look at our most popular blog posts from this year. We've had a look at what your favorite blogs were over the past 12 months, and we've broken them down into one list, bringing you our top 5 posts since January. Want a refresher on our top study tips from an award winning apprentice? Or do you want to take another look at our interview with Inga Beale? You've come to the right place.
If you missed this quarter's edition of the Insider magazine, don't worry. Here are the 5 things we've all learned from it. Also, don't forget, you can still catch up in the member area, or by emailing us to get your hands on a printed copy.
One of our first apprentices, Colin Bradley, recently received an award for achieving the highest pass rate of an APA student (in 2017) from our Cork Institute. We wanted to ask him what his secrets were and if he was willing to share his study tips! Here's what he had to say;
Just under a year ago, Aloise Robinson was diligently filling in her CAO form, although after months of research, she admits that she didn’t really know what she wanted to do, and still hadn’t found a course that truly appealed to her. During this process, Aloise came across our earnandlearn.ie website where she discovered the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship route to a degree that seemed to perfectly match what she was looking for.
Fiona O'Gorman is the Head of Operations, at Allianz. We recently caught up with her to chat about her career path to date and what she is aiming for in the future.
When I received my APA (Accredited Product Adviser) designation at the end of last year, I gave myself a little pat on the back for a job well done. It was a great feeling to get recognition for the hours of study I’d put in on top of my day job, a feeling that I’m sure was shared by all graduates at conferrals earlier this year.
Patrick Dunne Geraghty ACII of Aviva earned his ACII designation in less than 12 months. We spoke to him to hear his advice on balancing studying towards an advanced qualification with the pressures of work and family life.
When studying towards any qualification, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The long evenings and weekends you give up to read textbooks, make notes and take mock exams can feel frustrating and never-ending. However, as you pass each exam and draw closer to your qualification, remember that there is plenty to look forward to beyond gaining extra letters after your name.