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Acquiring work experience

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    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      Hi everyone. I am just starting CFA and I am a Level 1 candidate. I completed ACCA last Dec and haven’t managed to find a job yet. I’ve applied to a lot of companies and I am honestly tired of getting rejection letters. I don’t know what’s worse; getting a rejection letter or not getting one. The thing is a lot of them ask for a minimum of one year of experience in a good firm. The thing is I already did not attend any reputed university. I completed ACCA via self-study. I had to study full time so I never managed to get any decent work experience. My question is, how do I manage to gain work experience when I am not given work?

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      Heya @cfacharterwannabe

      My personal experience job-hunting was pretty tough as well – it’s like trying to hammer down a brick wall with your fists: impossible. The only thing I can tell you is that the more you keep at it, (A) the better you get at it, and (B) the less being rejected hurts. And eventually you get one, which will make getting the next one easier.

      The 3h blog also has written quite a few articles that I found really helpful. Here are some:

      http://www.300hours.com/1/post/2013/01/how-to-be-awesome-at-job-hunting-part-1.html
      http://www.300hours.com/1/post/2013/01/how-to-be-awesome-at-job-hunting-part-2.html
      http://www.300hours.com/1/post/2013/02/how-to-be-awesome-at-job-hunting-part-3-interviewing.html
      http://www.300hours.com/1/post/2013/10/how-to-write-a-killer-cv-that-gets-you-the-job.html

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      Hey Fairy, thanks for the boost. It feels good to know you are not alone. But I gotta ask one more thing. Since as I mentioned earlier that I did ACCA on my own, I am confused about something. I dont know if I should mention that or not. Some people say that I should cos it reflects my hard work etc. Some say its a major disadvantage. Never mention it. What do you think?

    • Kalata
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      Hello everyone,

      I am non-native speaker from Bulgaria and I’m currently a level 1 candidate and would like to know whether or not my current work experience as an accountant in structured finance will qualify as a valid work experience in computation of the 4 years requirement set forth by the CFA Institute?

      With smiles :),
      Kaloyan

    • Sophie Macon
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      Yes it will count @Kalata‌!

    • Kalata
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      Hi Sophie,

      Many thanks for your quick answer.

      I ask because I answered to all questions asked in the “Work Experience Self Assessment” on the CFAI website and my job duties don’t involve any of the mentioned activities. Only the job title “Accountant” is listed in the sample member job titles :/

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