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It’s time of the year where you’re yearning for the coming holidays, or hoping things will get calmer towards year end. In most workplaces, December can feel like Fridays most of the time, which is great only if you make the most of that opportunity to prepare yourself for 2014.
Here are 3 must-dos before the new year:
Writing a killer CV that lands you the job takes time, and it’s the essential first step to get you the interview you want. Spend a little time on this now during the ‘quieter’ recruitment period and it will pay dividends in 2014.
#2: Get Some Great Holiday Reads
A brilliant book about Wall Street in the 1980s – a finance classic.
A recent depiction about life in the City (London’s Wall Street) in 2009 during the crisis, very funny and a must read!
An inspiring book about how an underdog baseball team used the ‘right’ analytics to sign up undervalued players, changing the game forever.
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Be a morning person with Phillip’s Wake-Up Light
We’ve heard excellent reviews from friends that use this, so thought we’d feature it here, as we are big advocates of getting proper sleep 😉
So for those of you finding waking up in the morning tough (especially in winter), this light helps minimize the grogginess associated with the sudden blaring alarm you have. With a gradual light mimicking sunlight and a natural, gentle sound (or radio if preferred), you’ll be awaken in the right stage of your sleep and start the day with your best foot forward.
For $89 on Amazon, it’s a great investment for the year ahead!
Get some great earphones for the long CFA study sessions
So what would be great earphones to have for studying?
I would not recommend spending heaven and earth for a bunch of earphones for CFA studying. After all, you should be concentrating on your CFA topics! Luckily, with the technological advances these days especially with music players, you can get great earphones at pretty great prices.
My recommendations would be either the Creative EP-630 or the Sennheiser CX 300 II. Both are noise-isolating earphones (i.e. they block noise), so on exam day you can just substitute with earbuds. The Creative is a great affordable option and the Sennheiser costs a bit more, so adjust depending on how much you want to spend.
If you’ve taken the CFA exam recently, we hope it went well! What will you be up to before the year is out? Share your plans with us in the comments below.