Cara Gilbert has become the youngest person to complete the Personal Finance Society's (PFS) diploma in financial planning.
The Standard Life trainee from Ayrshire achieved the qualification while working full-time at the firm's head-office in Edinburgh over the last two years, and is well on her way to becoming a fully-qualified Chartered Financial Planner.
She works in the firm's pension & savings business as part of the technical consulting team, which provides support for financial advisers around the country on complex technical pension and tax enquiries.
Gilbert (pictured) said: "I knew that I wanted to work in the financial sector when I was at school. I enjoyed maths, business management and accounting subjects.
"I heard that Standard Life was offering six-month internships through the Edinburgh guarantee scheme for school leavers and I thought it was a brilliant opportunity to get a taster for what it was like working for a large, well-known company."
Gilbert's achievement follows that of Vito Faircloth, another young adviser, who last year became the youngest ever fellow of the PFS at 22 years of age. He had completed his studies in just 21 months. He was also voted Professional Adviser's adviser personality of the year in February.
PFS chief executive Keith Richards said: "Cara's achievement is truly remarkable and I congratulate her on becoming part of Personal Finance Society history by becoming the youngest person to complete our Diploma in financial planning.
"It is exciting to see young professionals like Cara progress through the personal finance sector, and her ambition to become a Chartered Financial Planner underlines her commitment to professional development."
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