AuthorTopic: CFA first then job
@2009-08-09 18:22:37
Has anyone got a CFA first, or started a CFA, and then used it to get a job in finance, or do you always need to get into finance first and then pursue the CFA?

Currently in technology
@2009-10-10 14:43:51
You can not get the CFA designation without the required work experience. You could write the three exams, then get a job, but they would not give you the designation until you had the 3 years required work experience. So in the end, it would take you at least 6 years to get the designation, but if you are starting at the bottom in Finance it would probably take longer to get their required work experience, making you time to designation even longer.
@2009-12-16 11:57:51
not only that, how do you know if you even like finance if you've never worked in it. get yourself an entry position and study while you work.
@2009-12-23 08:20:37

I am in a similar situation (sort of). I have been out of work for about 3 years (voluntary). Prior to that I worked as both a broker and an analyst, but I am having trouble breaking back in to the work force now, probably because my salary requirements are now a lot higher. Unfortunately, I don't think being a Level I candidate carries much weight with potential employers, since you haven't actually passed anything yet. I hope that being a Level II candidate will open more doors. Your best bet is probably to get a job in finance (although with out any experience or certifications it may be a lower paying one) and study for and take the CFA exams at the same time, then you will be a lot closer to having the experience needed to be awarded the charter.

Good luck to you!

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