FAQs

FAQs

I don’t have an IT background. What are the skills FDM is looking for?

FDM hires veterans based on leadership and management experience, as well as their work ethic. Thus, you are not required to hold a 4-year degree or formal IT certifications to join FDM’s Veterans Career Program. However, you will be required demonstrate the aptitude and understanding of technical concepts by passing the FDM Interview Day assessments. Previous IT experience, a degree or certificates will give you an advantage when it comes to the assessments and training, but they are not required.

Which branches of military experience can apply?

FDM welcomes veteran applicants from all branches of service, as well as Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists.

What is a Skillbridge and CSP participant?

The Skillbridge and CSP are programs meant to help transitioning service members bridge the gap between leaving the service and entering the civilian workforce. As a participant, FDM is able to take on the transitioning service member for training while they are within a 180 day window of ETS/EAS. At the end of the training period, the service member returns to their Unit/Squadron/Ship and checks out before returning to FDM as a full time civilian employee.

Can I apply if I am currently on active duty?

Yes, it is never too early to apply! FDM is a Skillbridge and CSP participant.

How does FDM evaluate candidates?

FDM evaluates its candidates through multiple interviews and finally an assessment “aptitude” test, which evaluates your critical thinking skills via Venn Diagrams, Logic and Reasoning, Pseudo Code and some basic math exercises.

If I don’t pass the aptitude test, do I have another opportunity to take it?

Yes. If you do not pass our aptitude test the first time, you can retake the exam three months later. This allows you some extra time to review and brush up on the concepts covered.

Will I have to pay for my training or do I need to use any of my educational benefits, including my GI bill?

No. The training you receive, including all qualifications, is provided by FDM. In return, you agree to work for us for two years as an FDM consultant following completion of your training. You become an FDM employee from day one and are paid during the training period in our US centers (New York, NY, Herndon, VA, Austin, TX, or Charlotte, NC).

If I am not from a commutable distance to and FDM academy, how will I pay for lodging?

If you successfully pass FDM’s Interview Day and accept an offer, FDM is able to provide accommodation assistance to trainees who do not live within a commutable distance of an FDM academy location.

When I am relocated to the client site for a placement, is my family able to join me?

Yes. FDM has generous relocation benefits to help cover the costs of moving for a client placement.

Where will I train?

Depending on where you have applied to the program, you will either train in our New York City, Herndon, VA, Austin TX, or Charlotte NC academy centers.

What will be my hours of work once I am placed onsite?

Our hours of work are generally 09:00 – 17:30, but like all areas of business you may be asked to show some flexibility around start and finish times when on site with a client. Some of our clients may offer more flexible working hours than others.

What does it mean to have continuous start dates? Can I choose when I start?

We have several start dates throughout the year in New York City, Herndon, VA, Austin TX, or Charlotte NC. Even if you have attended an assessment centre for a particular start date, should you be successful, you may be offered some flexibility as to when you join the programme.

What type of projects will I be working on as a full time Consultant?

You will have the opportunity to work across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector in business or technical roles. Our account managers look to place you with clients where your skills will be best utilised.

What benefits will I receive during the two year program?

You will receive a competitive starting salary, fully-funded professional and technical training, and the security of knowing that you have a fully paid job for 2 years. You will work on-site with one of our prestigious clients, helping to fast track your career progression and ease your transition to the corporate world.

Is there a guarantee that I will get a job once I complete the training?

There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a position on the programme unless we feel that you have the potential to be placed with one of our clients. If you are successful, you will be placed either during training or within the 90 day period once the training is complete. We try and ensure that you undertake a minimum of 4 weeks training before you are placed on site, but if you are ready and the client wants you, your placement could happen earlier.

What are my options after the two year period?

At the end of the two year period, you have three options available to you. The first is to continue with FDM as one of our senior Consultants, this could be with either an existing or new client. The second option may be to transition to one of our clients as a permanent employee. As a final option, you may choose to go your own way and look for employment elsewhere.

What support will I be getting during the programme?

During your time with FDM there will be on-going mentoring, coaching and support available to you. On larger client sites, we have Consultant Peer Support network whereby you will be helped to settle in your new role by another FDMer who has been onsite for a while. We also offer ongoing professional development with tools such as LinkedIn Learning as well as a mentoring scheme designed to help support you in your career goals. You will also have a contact in the HR team assigned to you as well as your account manager and the full support of the Ex-Forces Team to ensure you succeed.

What does an IT or business consultant do?

A consultant works in partnership with clients on specific projects, either as part of an outsourced team or to supplement an existing one. As an FDM consultant you will be working with our clients on business critical projects and operations and will often be in a team with other FDM consultants too. You may be working on a project for a few months or a few years, it depends on the business need of the client. Due to the nature of the work, consultants need to be flexible and adaptable and this can lead to multiple opportunities for travel and a variety of challenging and exciting assignments.

How do I apply for the FDM Veterans Program?

Apply via our online application form. Find out more about our selection and recruitment process here.

Is there a guarantee that I will get a job once I complete the training?

There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a role in the program 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.

What types of projects will I be working on as a full time consultant?

You will have the opportunity to work across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector in business or technical roles.  Our account managers look to place you with clients where your skills will be best utilized. You can hear more about the career stories of other consultants on our careers pages or in our blog.

What companies will I be working with?

You can be placed with any of FDM’s prestigious clients. You may end up working at the same place for the whole two years or you may be placed on various client sites throughout that time.

What support will I be getting during the program?

During your time with FDM there will be continuous mentoring, coaching and support available to you. Our Consultant Support Team ensures that you have the proper resources, training and support to succeed on-site. On larger client sites, we have an additional Consultant Peer Support network of ambassadors to help you settle in to your role. FDM provides resources for further skills development with tools such as LinkedIn Learning, an online training platform.

What is an IT or business Consultant?

A consultant works in partnership with clients on specific projects either as part of an outsourced team or to supplement an existing one. Consultants are relocated to client sites for a contracted amount of time to plan and develop business or technology systems and may also be asked to provide expert advice related to their specialty. Consultancy is a flexible career as projects can range from a few months to years depending on the size. This can lead to opportunities for travel and a variety of challenging and exciting assignments with a range of clients. FDM consultants are employed by FDM to provide professional business and IT consultancy to our clients.

What is the FDM Graduate Programme?

The FDM Graduate Careers Program consists of specialized training followed by a minimum of two years commercial experience working as an FDM consultant with our clients. We have academies across Europe, North America and APAC that administer the training to prepare you for your placement on client sites.

Is it essential for me to have an IT degree?

An IT degree is not required; FDM welcomes candidates from a range of academic backgrounds, or those with equivalent transferrable experience. Many applicants have a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field, but we also accept applications from non-STEM graduates who demonstrate a passion for working in the industry.

What if I already have IT accreditations or qualifications that FDM offers?

This puts you at an advantage when it comes to passing our Interview Day assessments; however, you would still be required to attend the training for that module or sit an exam in order to demonstrate these competencies so that we can confidently recommend you to our clients.

Will I have to pay for my training?

No, you do not have to pay for your training. This training is an investment that FDM makes in you to best prepare you to succeed when placed on a client site. However, you are required to work as a consultant for a minimum of two years in exchange for the training and professional development FDM provides you.

When do I start getting paid?

In our North American centers, you become a paid employee from day one of your training.

What does an FDM interview day involve?

The Interview Day enables us to assess candidates for a range of skills including: technical, numerical, interpersonal and teamwork. The day gives you the opportunity to meet the FDM team, hear about the program and raise any questions you may have. If you successfully progress to the Interview Day stage of the process, you will receive more detailed information from your recruiter to help you prepare.

How frequently do you hold interview days?

We recruit year-round, so our Interview Days run on a weekly basis.

Can I drop out of the program once I have started the training period?

We understand that the two year contract is a commitment that takes careful consideration. That is why we have a 14-day introductory period that begins on your first day of training. Within that 14-day period you can leave the program if you decide that it is not the right fit for you.

Where will I train?

Depending on where you have applied to the program, you will either train in our New York City, Herndon, VA, Austin TX, or Charlotte NC academy centers.

What training will I receive?

Your background, experience and performance at the Interview Day will determine which training stream you are best suited for.  You can read more about the training and opportunities here.

What happens after I complete my training?

You will have the opportunity to interview with our clients in the time leading up to completion of your training. After your training you will be available for placement on client sites. Your first day placed on-site marks the beginning of your two-year commitment as an FDM Consultant. During these two years, you could be placed on one or more of our client sites.