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​Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, who just won the College Football Playoff National Championship this past Monday, declared that he will return to college and forgo entering the NFL Draft this spring because of his desire to graduate and become a financial planner when his football days are over.


The Financial Planning Association (FPA) commends him on this decision and offers a few ways he can realize his dreams of helping people achieve their financial goals once he hangs up the helmet and spikes.

  • Pursue CFP® Certification – It is rather ironic that Jones won the College Football Playoff National Championship, which has been shortened to the acronym "CFP". In financial planning, a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) is someone who has demonstrated the necessary competencies and ethical requirements necessary to be a financial planner. He has attained one CFP already. It only makes sense to pursue the other when he is ready.

  • Connect with Millennial Financial Planners – The financial planning profession is growing with college students increasingly interested in making financial planning their career. Jones should connect with other financial planning students around the country to learn what other students are facing as they pursue their degrees and prepare for the CFP® examination. The Financial Planning Association's NexGen community is a great starting point.

  • Take Advantage of What Ohio State Offers – The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University has programs in place to help those pursuing CFP® certification. While he is a ways off from taking advantage of the Online Executive Certificate in Financial Planning at Ohio State, the school is certainly interested in helping students pursue a career in the profession.

  • Get an Internship – An internship where Jones can work side by side with a seasoned financial planner is a great way to gain some experience and learn the nuances of the financial planning profession. There are several ways for Jones to identify opportunities, including through FPA's student page on the FPA website.

The financial planning profession is blossoming. These are just a few ways for Cardale Jones and other students interested in the profession to embrace it as their future career.


If you are interested in speaking with an FPA representative about this topic, please contact Ben Lewis, FPA's Director of Public Relations, at 303-867-7190 or ​