FAQs

FAQs

General

What is an FDM technology or business consultant?

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 a contracted 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. 

I don’t have a technology 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 four-year degree or formal IT certifications to join FDM’s Veterans Career Program. However, you will be required to demonstrate the aptitude and understanding of technical concepts by passing the FDM Assessment Day. 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 transitioning service members and veteran applicants from all branches of service, including 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.

What benefits will I receive during the two-year program?

You will receive a competitive starting salary, nocost professional and technical training as well as the security of knowing that you have a paid job for two years. We also offer medical benefits (health, vision, dental), 401k and pre-tax commuter benefits to all our employees, as well as relocation assistance to those who qualify. 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. 

What support will I be getting during the program?

During your time with FDM, you will have access to confidential support, guidance and structured counseling and we encourage you to join our Mentoring Program. On larger client sites, we have a Consultant Peer Support network whereby you will be helped to settle in your new role by another FDM consultant who has been on-site for a while. We also offer ongoing professional development tools such as LinkedIn Learning a well as discussion panels and virtual events designed to help support you in your career goals. You will also have a contact in the People Team assigned to you, your Account Manager and the full support of the Veterans Team to ensure you succeed. 

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 to have some extra time to review and brush up on the concepts covered. 

Training

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 do I apply for the FDM Veterans Program?

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

Assessments and Interviews

How does FDM evaluate candidates?

FDM evaluates its candidates through multiple interviews and finally an assessment aptitude test, which measures your critical thinking skills via Venn diagrams, logic and reasoning, Pseudocode and some basic math exercises.

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

No. The training you receive, including all qualifications, is provided by FDM at no cost. In return, you agree to work for us for two years as an FDM Consultant following completion of your training.  

Where will I train?

Training takes place at one of our FDM Academies in New York City, Arlington VA, Austin TX or Charlotte NC. Due to COVID-19, training is currently being delivered through our virtual classrooms.

Read more about our COVID-19 preparations here. 

Post Training / On Client Site

Is there a guarantee that I will get be placed with a client once I complete the training?

There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a position on the program 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 training is complete. We try and ensure that you undertake a minimum of four weeks training before you are placed on-site, but if you are ready and the client wants you, your placement could happen earlier. 

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 will look to place you with clients where your skills will be best utilized. 

What will be my hours of work once I am placed on-site?

Hours of work are generally 08:30 – 17:30, but like in all areas of business, you may be asked to show some flexibility around start and finish times when onsite with a client. Some of our clients may offer more flexible working hours than others. 

After the Two-year Commitment

What happens at the end of the two years?

After the two-year commitment, FDM consultants typically have three options:  

  1. Remain with FDM as a senior consultant with the opportunity to work with FDM’s clients. Senior FDM consultants can also be considered for internal roles within FDM.   
  2. Secure a full-time position with FDM’s client. 
  3. 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 connect with thousands of other people who are just starting their career through the program. 

If you had a question that was not answered above, please contact [email protected] and one of our Recruiters will get back to you directly. 

 

About the Program 

What is an FDM technology or business consultant?  

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. 

What is the FDM Graduate Careers Program?

The FDM Graduate Program consists of two phases.  

The first phase involves a variety of specialized training pathways. Each pathway typically takes 3-4 months to complete and they all include hands-on training delivered by experienced tech professionals.  

The second phase consists of a minimum of two-years commercial experience working as an FDM Consultant. Upon successful completion of training, you are given the opportunity to work directly with one of FDM’s clients to further develop your skills and build your professional network.

Is it essential for me to have an IT degree?

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 for both of our business and technical pathways. 

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

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. 

What support will I be getting during the program?

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 all FDM consultants have the proper resources, training and support needed to be successful on-site. This team also works closely with our Consultant Peer Support Network, which is comprised of a group of FDM consultants who will provide you with further guidance as you embark on your career journey. 

Mentoring Program: The Mentoring Program 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 program is online, allowing matches to be made throughout our global organization.  

Consultant Collaboration Platform (Yammer): Yammer provides FDM employees with a virtual platform to connect and socialize 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. 

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

We understand that a two-year commitment requires careful consideration, and this is why we have a 14-day introductory period that begins on your first day of training. During this two-week period, you can leave the program if you decide that it is not the right fit for you. 

When do I start getting paid?

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

Assessments and Interviews 

What does an FDM Assessment Day involve?

During the FDM Assessment Day, you will take part in two interviews. One will be conducted by one of our Account Managers and the other will be with one of our technical Trainers. They will focus on your abilities and suitability to the program rather than previous experience. This is also your opportunity to meet other candidates and find out more about the program. If you successfully qualify to participate in FDM’s Assessment Day, one of our Recruiters will provide you with detailed information on how best to prepare for the day. 

How frequently do you hold Assessment Days?

We recruit year-round with course start dates throughout the year, so our Assessment Days run on a weekly basis. 

Training 

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. You become a paid employee from day one of your training, however, you are required to work as an FDM Consultant for a minimum of two years in exchange for the training and professional development that we provide you. 

Where will I train?

Training takes place at one of our FDM Academies in New York City, Arlington VA, Austin TX or Charlotte NC. Due to COVID-19, training is currently being delivered through our virtual classrooms. Read more about our COVID-19 preparations here. 

What training will I receive?

Your background, experience and performance at the Assessment Day will determine which training stream you are best suited for. You can read more about the training and opportunities here or contact our Recruitment Team for a full course breakdown. 

Post Training / On Client Site 

What happens after I complete my training?

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. 

Is there a guarantee that I will get be placed with a client once I complete the training?

There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a role on the program unless we feel confident that you have the potential to be placed with one of our clients. Your interviews with clients may begin while you are still in training depending on your performance in the Academy, with the aim to have your client placement lined up before completion of training or just shortly after. 

After the Two-year Commitment: 

What companies will I be working with?

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. 

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

The projects that you will be involved in will depend on the program you undertake and the client that you are placed with. To learn more, watch the career stories of other consultants who have completed your program or contact our Recruitment Team. 

What happens at the end of the two years?

After the two-year commitment, FDM consultants typically have three options: 

  1. 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.   
  2. Secure a full-time position with FDM’s client. 
  3. 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 program. 

Please contact [email protected] with any additional questions and one of our Recruiters will respond to your inquiry shortly.