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I've been a member of this site for a couple years now and have gotten some great information, so I'm hoping to give back based on my experience. I see many discussions around FLDP programs and finance career paths at F500's, and since controller is a step on the most common track to senior finance positions at the companies I've worked for (FLDP > SFA > Finance Manager > Plant Controller > Division Controller > Finance Director > VP > SVP > CFO), I thought I could be of some help to anyone looking to take that route.
Brief background on myself - I finished my undergrad at a non-target six years ago (Fall of '07), and went through a six month training program with a F500 (program). After working in my first role with them for 2 years, I decided that company wasn't for me and moved over to a different F500 company that had a very high focus on it's FLDP program (basically 100% of college hires are hired into the program), and also a very high focus on hiring from a select group of target schools. Being a non-FLDP from a non-target and having zero connections at the new company, I was at a disadvantage to say the least, but some of the things I've done at work and outside of work (advanced degree, certifications) has allowed me to pass up some of the target school FLDP grads at the company who also had more experience. I'm open to answering any questions (professional or personal), and hopefully I can also give some advice to any of you non-targets or direct hires out there looking to separate yourselves from the pack.