Students seek out firms with strong training programs, a survey indicates, and some advisory firms are offering training that in some ways mimics physicians' residency programs. Cornerstone Wealth Advisors runs a four-year residency program in which young planners learn and take care of the firms' basic tasks, then move on after their training is over. Other advisory firms such as Yeske Buie offer training that comes with a structured career path for young hires.

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