I’ve been studying for the CFA level 1 exam since november of last year, but I’m such a poor studier. I feel like I have no chance once the exam happens on June 2nd. I hate tests in general…you can put in so much work but if it’s not enough, you wasted 7 months of your time and gained nothing if you did fail…and this is only the first level. I would still have 2 more levels to complete for this charter to mean anything. Even if I was smart enough, I don’t know if I would have the dedication - not when you consider the underlying risks based on the nature of these exams.
But my company DOES pay for grad school. I’ve always considered myself a better student than test taker. There’s something about slowly moving through material and making tangible progress (classes passed, credits acquired) so that in the long run your chance of a meaningful degree or charter rises up so much more.
I do work full time, but I’m going to try to get a master’s at NYU…either one in quantative finance (more of my background but not necessarily my experience related to my current job [app developer in asset servicing]…or if not, just a master’s in finance.
I’ve seen threads here comparing grad school to CFA and that MBAs are a dime a dozen unless you go to a top school, but as it stands, grad school would be free for me. The CFA costed me so much already.
What would you do if you were in my position?