Similar to the poster above I am looking at a masters programme with a CFA partner combining CFA elements to enable me to do that and take CFA level 1 as well. I can appreciate from all of your comments that the CFA is more useful, however I am conscious that when I look at the look at company websites all of their recruiting processes state a need for a degree or masters in finance/economics etc. – which I don’t have.
Whilst I don’t think this matters so much in England my understanding is that it definitely does in other parts of the world so I’m keen to have something. My thinking is that I can do a CFA anytime, but can only really take a masters degree now whilst I have some time spare.
I’ll try and combine them in any case to get myself in the best position to find a job – appreciate the advice.
1) Is it only a Masters equivalent if you pass all 3 levels and have the 4 years applicable work experience? I.e. the charter.
2) Am I not going to struggle with just a CFA level 1 and 2 when graduate job requirements state that a degree in finance/maths/economics is needed (none of which I have)?
3) Given that I am going to take the year off (I am also studying languages at the same time) is it realistic to pass a CFA level 1 in just September/October/November worth of studying? I’ll be doing it full time however with no other job or strict commitments.