About the Programme
An FDM Consultant works in collaboration with an FDM client on specific projects, either as part of an outsourced team or to supplement an existing one. Consultants will be selected by specific clients for an agreed amount of time to plan and develop business or technology systems as well as provide expert advice related to their specialty. Consultancy is often seen as a flexible career, as projects consultants are assigned to can differ in duration from a few months to multiple years. This can lead to opportunities to travel and a variety of exciting assignments across a range of industries.
The FDM Graduate Programme consists of foundation training followed by an individual learning pathway, during which trainees will gain the skills required to become an FDM Consultant and prepare them for their placement on-site with one of our clients. We have training academies across APAC, Europe and North America, where we will provide you with fast-tracked skills development to launch your career with FDM in technology and business. Upon completion of your training, you will be placed with one of our clients and you will work alongside the client’s teams to provide services. The duration of the FDM Graduate Programme is two years from the date of your first client placement and, as such, you will provide services to one or more of our clients for at least two years.
We welcome candidates from a range of academic backgrounds including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We also accept applications from non-STEM graduates who can demonstrate a passion for working in the tech industry, particularly for our business pathways.
Any previous experience, qualification or accreditation will help you in your journey with FDM and long-term career. However, all candidates are required to successfully complete every component of our assessment process and their specific training pathway, so that we can confidently recommend them to our clients.
Throughout your journey with FDM, you will receive continuous mentoring, coaching and guidance from our internal teams and various support and development initiatives. These include:
Consultant Experience: Our Consultant Experience Team work to ensure that our consultants are supported throughout their client placement. The support provided covers the five pillars of our People strategy: Growing, Aspiring, Thriving, InTouch and Community which have been developed to assist FDM consultants reach their full potential by providing them with relevant resources, training and support. We also host a variety of virtual events each month to connect with our people and ensure everyone feels a part of the community. These events include learning and development webinars, D&I and wellbeing classes and social networking events.
Mentoring Programme: The Mentoring Programme matches consultants with senior employees across the business based on their career aspirations. The initiative is designed to help our employees unlock their full potential and to provide support for long-term career development. The programme is online, allowing matches to be made throughout our global organisation.
Consultant Collaboration Platform (Yammer): Yammer provides FDM employees with a virtual platform to connect and socialise with each other. Here consultants will find useful policies and resources as well as join a variety of groups to keep up to date with upcoming events, learning and development opportunities and more.
Employee Networks: FDM has six employee-led networks which focus on providing our staff with opportunities to enhance their career development and personal growth through supportive communities, open discussions and learning initiatives. Click here to find out more about each network.
Online Learning and Development: Virtual training, webinars and discussions are available to all FDM consultants, as well as e-learning platforms including LinkedIn Learning and Intuition Know-How.
You become a paid employee from day one of your training given that you have signed and submitted the employment contract within the 14-day cooling period.
Assessment and Interviews
FDM’s Assessment Day enables us to find out more about your attitude, skills and motivations for becoming a successful technology or business consultant, as well as your potential to thrive during training and represent us on prestigious client sites. It is also an opportunity for you to find out more about FDM’s culture and to ensure that, if you are successful, FDM is the right choice for you.
The day involves an FDM Introduction presentation and three strength-based interviews with FDM Managers from various departments within the business. You will also be asked to complete an IT aptitude test.
The cost of the training will depend upon the training stream that you undertake and our Recruitment team will take you through this in detail once you have applied. One of the unique things about working at FDM is that we will completely waive the cost of your training if you complete the Graduate Programme (which is two years from the date of your first client placement).
Training takes place at one of FDM’s Academies in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong or Shanghai. Due to COVID-19, training is currently being delivered through our online classrooms. Read more about our COVID-19 preparations here.
Your background, experience and performance at the FDM Assessment Day will determine which training stream you are best suited for. To learn more, you can read about the training and opportunities here or contact our Recruitment Team for a full course breakdown.
Post Training / On Client Site
Upon successful completion of your training, you will have the opportunity to work directly with FDM’s clients. Your first day on client site marks the beginning of your two-year journey as an FDM Consultant but do keep in mind that you could end up working with more than one of our clients over this two-year period.
FDM works with prestigious clients in a variety of industries including Finance, Insurance and the Public Sector. Our Account Managers will work to evaluate roles with our clients that will align with your skills and help you thrive in your career journey. You may end up working with the same client throughout your two-year commitment, or you may be placed on various client sites during that time.
The projects that you will be involved in will depend on the programme you undertake and the client that you are placed with. To learn more, watch the career stories of other consultants who have completed your programme or contact our Recruitment Team.
There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a role on the programme unless we feel confident that you have the potential to be placed with one of our clients. Your interviews with clients begin while you are still in training, with the aim to have your client placement lined up before completion of training or just shortly after.
After the Two-year Commitment:
After the two-year commitment, FDM consultants typically have three options:
- Remain with FDM as a senior consultant with the opportunity to work directly with our clients. Senior FDM consultants can also be considered for internal roles within the business.
- Secure a full-time position with FDM’s client.
- Walk away to pursue higher education, self-interests, or other employment opportunities.
Regardless of the path you take, all former FDM consultants are invited to be a part of FDM’s Alumni Network where they will have the opportunity to further advance their careers by building relationships with other experienced tech professionals, as well as connecting with thousands of other people who are just starting their career through the programme.
Please contact [email protected] with any additional questions and one of our Recruiters will respond to your enquiry shortly.
We have entered a partnership with industry skills body TechSkills for the accreditation of our training, to provide the best possible start to careers in digital and tech. Those successfully completing our accredited programmes will become Tech Industry Gold Foundation-level certified consultants, gaining Tech Industry Gold Digital Credentials that prove they are fully prepared to enter the job market. Through our intensive training you will develop valuable employability skills and the confidence to thrive in your new career.
After successfully completing one of our accredited training programmes and being offered the Tech Industry Gold Foundation Credentials, you will be able to decide whether you would like to work towards a Tech Industry Gold Practitioner Certification. This will involve collating a portfolio evidencing the application of the relevant skills in the workplace, and, on completion of that portfolio, undertaking an assessment through a professional interview. Those who successfully prove their skills against the industry standards will be awarded the Practitioner Credential.
The Tech Industry Gold certification is recognised by employers globally and demonstrates you are qualified and equipped with the skill set required by businesses. In summary:
- Your training will be formally accredited as meeting industry standards for job readiness.
- Your CV and LinkedIn profile will be strengthened with Tech Industry Gold Credentials on completion of your training.
- You will be given the opportunity to gain Practitioner Credentials based on evidence of putting this training into practice in your employer placements.
This also means you can be even more confident in your value in the job market as a result of your FDM experience.
Our Business Analysis and Business Intelligence foundation programmes are now fully accredited by TechSkills. We are committed to achieving Tech Industry Gold accreditation for all of our training programmes worldwide, with more pathways being accredited over the coming few months.