I’ve been doing some research regarding my decision on further eduction, and came across this forum, which seems very supportive and informative.
I am in the process of doing my MBA part-time (concentrations in Finance and Accounting) at a very reputable program. I will finish in May of 2013 and I will turn 29 that month.
I’m wondering whether to now go for CFA or CPA. I currently work within asset management risk within a bulge bracket IB. I’m relatively unsure as to if I want to be in corporate finace/CFO-type role in the future, or if I want to move up within risk management or move to the front office in asset management.
I initially thought that the CPA was just for accountants, but I have come across many job postings in my firm that are outside of traditional accounting (operational risk, performance, internal audititing, etc.) where the CPA is valued. I know I could pass the CPA exam, as I have friends of mine who applied to my MBA program and did not get in, but they passed the CPA. I’m also very confident I can pass level 1 of the CFA, but I guess what’s holding me back is that I wouldn’t be able to start the CFA journey until next year, right when I turn 29 (and I would take level 1 in December 2013, so I’ll be close to 30 at that point).
I guess it really comes down to what I want do…but does anyone have any advice? If you were in my situation and still relatively unsure as to where you wanted to go with your career, would you opt for the CPA or CFA to go along with your MBA?
Thanks for any opinions and/or advice!