HI, this is probably an unusual question, but thought I’d throw it out there. I’m a CFA Level 3 candidate (got through L1 and L2 first time). I’ve been in technology in the asset management industry for a long time, and have worked for a major macro hedge fund for 10+ years as well as a couple of other large asset management firms. Currently I’m a Managing Director in Portfolio Management and Trading Technology, helping to run the Technology group that develops internal apps, integrates 3rd party systems etc for a very large asset manager.I spend a lot of time talking to PMs and traders, and generally setting strategy for what we need to do for the next 1-3 years. My strength is basically being able to understand both sides. So, in career terms, I’m doing OK.
However, I don’t have a college degree. I’m not from the US, and when I was 18 while it was somewhat unusual not to go to college, it wasn’t unheard of like it would be here. I kind of fell into what I do by getting a job doing basic desktop support at a bank, and just took it from there. So, it’s not like I did credits and then quit, I just left education at 18 years old.
I’m getting to a point where to make that next level jump, I will need a degree. I feel like my last two firms kind of turned a blind eye and we just never mentioned it, but no company is going to have a CTO or someone high profile with no degree (I had a friend with no degree at a major investment bank who was one of their highest revenue generating FI traders, and was told he would never get promoted beyond a certain level no matter how much money he made). So, I’m starting to think about at least starting the process of doing one remotely. It’ll take years, but I might as well start. I know online degrees have a bad rep, but in my situation, I just need something to check the box.
Does anyone know if being a charterholder would go towards college credit anywhere? I feel like the level of difficulty might count for something, but I don’t know enough about the college system in the US to know where to start.
Would a finance degree have much overlap with CFA content? I’m not even sure what I’d try to major in, but i’m hoping it’ll be something I already have a background in to make it as easy as possible. I’m not about to jump into rocket science at this point.
Also, yes, I checked, you don’t need a degree to become a charterholder, and I’m already a society member with approved work experience.