Lessons learned from working as an FLDP

Hi Everyone I have been browsing this site for a couple years now and thought I could give back to a forum that has helped me.

I went to a non target and majored in finance. From there I joined a F50 FLDP program and it has been a great ride. Heres is some advice for anyone considering FLDP.

  1. From day one there will be higher expectations of you than a normal hire. They are investing time and money into you. They have re-relocated you, there may be intensive trainings and they will have senior executives sponsoring and guiding you through your journey.

  2. Kool Aid - don't drink it. Everyone will tell you your special because your going to be a rising star in the company - true or not don't act like it. It is easy for it go to your head. Luckily my first manager took me down a few notches and made me humble. I actually learned after graduating that some people in the company hate FLDPs because they are cocky and just as junior as anyone in some cases.

  3. Pick managers not job roles. You will get varied experience no matter what after doing 4 job assignments in different areas. Spend your time working for managers who are good and will look to develop you and mentor you. Yes it may be cool working in a certain department but I certainly wasted a good 6 months of my life working for someone who made peoples lives fucking awful.

  4. Be flexible and open. This is really two faceted one being location wise and the other being function wise. If you are willing to go anywhere say from west coast to east coast it will make for better opportunities. The second facet is be flexible in what you're willing to do. Sometimes the company will put you where they need you and thats ok as long as you're open to it. If a company needs you somewhere there is usually a shortage of people which means more responsibility and work to go around which will lead to growth.

  5. Network with everyone..... you never know who you may want to reach out to for a job next. After graduating you are on your own. No more special treatment. You need to climb and one way is by knowing people who can help you move around/up in a company.

If you have any questions let me know. Cheers!

Comments (4)

Dec 12, 2019 - 9:57pm
The Mandalorian, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey thanks for the post since I'm interested in a FLDP after MBA. Two questions if you don't mind:

1.) Definitely agree about the importance of having a good manager. How were you able to figure that out before choosing your preferred rotations?

2.) To my understanding, your placement is kind of a lottery. Either you rank your top choices and it's a luck of the draw or they place you wherever they want. Any tips on how to improve your chances on landing your top choice?

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:24pm
deadpool7, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  1. Finding a good manager is difficult because everyone likes to say nice things about people. Seek out people your age and ask for candid feedback about people they have worked for but expect to tell them candidly how you see other managers. Don't work for anyone who seems like a micro manager. I ignored advice of other people in the program and all the signs like the manager literally explaining how the only thing he cares about is accuracy and everyone has to check everyones work. I understand accuracy is important but so is trusting the people who work for you.
  2. Network with people at the VP or manager level. Tell them you want to come work for them. If a senior person at your company says I want (Insert Name) to work for me the program manager will likely listen. Also try and make a business case out of what you want. Maybe that area of finance is lacking something you can offer or maybe you are trying to round out your skills before graduating. This way you are benefiting the company while also gaining yourself.
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