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The next wave of financial planners will graduate and enter the workforce this spring, but are they ready? Redtail Technology recently surveyed more than 4,000 financial professionals and students across the nation to gauge how well their education has prepared them for the real world. Among the key findings:

Students are not quite as focused on pre-graduation certifications as professionals would like. This may be because of the large number of certifications and licenses available, what many in the industry call the “alphabet soup,” that are presented to students. This can overwhelm students and detract from a focused effort on earning the professional certifications and licenses that will be most beneficial to their careers.

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