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Is the level 1 CFA right for me?

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    • cpscheid
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      I have been a history teacher for the last 14 years and want to make a career change. I do not have experience in the finance industry and wanted to get honest opinions about whether getting a level 1 CFA would be enough to open doors and get me interviews. The test prep is not the major concern. I got an MA in History while working full time. I am just starting to explore this as an option and am looking for honest feedback. At the very least I would like to know what questions I should be asking of myself.

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      I think CFA would definitely be a useful thing to add to your CV, and shows recruiters / potential hirers that you’re not just saying you want to get into the finance industry, i.e. it’s “proof” you’re taking it seriously.

      However as to whether it would be ‘enough to open doors’, most definitely not. You’ll need to speak to people you know in the industry and see if you can get a foot in the door that way – that’s probably the most effective. It’s when they start to have a look at you (and your CV) that CFA starts to be useful.

      An alternative that have worked for some forum members here (can’t remember who) is to also be active in your local CFA society, which again opens doors and makes the right introductions.

      Good luck!

    • cpscheid
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      Thanks. I have a lot to consider.

    • PaulAdaptPrep
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      What peaked your interest to go into finance?

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