The Department of Finance, Insurance, and Law in Illinois State University’s College of Business has recently implemented an Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis. Professor of Finance Christopher Tamm has been named the director of the new institute.
The mission of the Institute is to promote and cultivate financial-advising experiences for students, and to reach out to business partners working in financial services. “My first task is to continue to develop relationships with employers, alums, and possible scholarship donors. We want to create an Institute Roundtable of professionals who will be engaged and helpful in building our programs and creating opportunities for students.”
He hopes to secure internships, mentorships, and job shadowing opportunities for students. “The big picture is partnering with the finance profession so our students benefit and our program benefits as well,” he said. “These partners can provide good advice as to what is going on in the real-world of finance.”
Another goal for the Institute is to create a website that could be useful for the community. “We want to let people know, both in the community and on campus, about the Institute and our financial planning programs".
Other engagement ideas are for the Institute is to organize special events such as a financial planning day for students, or have notable speakers come to campus and talk about cutting-edge topics in the world of finance. “I’d like to bring in outside people to the campus to learn about our programs and then maybe they would be willing to hire an intern or be available for a day of job shadowing so a student can learn what it’s like to be a corporate treasurer, financial planner, or investment analyst,”
The last short-term goal on their list is to create opportunities for continuing-education credit. “Many finance professions require continuing education". The CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation requires continuing education to keep the certifications current.
Overall, they want to make Illinois State the go-to place both for finance students looking for professional opportunities and for businesses seeking interns and future employees.