“Ever heard of the story of David versus the Goliath? The Goliath in this case is the CFA Charter, and we are the small yet smart David. And remember, that if it is well-fought David wins…
If you are considering fighting this 18 months battle, and earning some respect then you just found yourself the right place to know what lies ahead of you. I will give you a short & simple tour of the whole 18 months so that you can approach it better and be happy not frustrated.
I had just passed out of graduate school, feeling very satisfied that I was a graduate now. I felt certain that Mukesh Ambani was waiting with an offer letter right outside my College gate. Ouch! That never happened! In the coming three months I discovered that all my awards & top mark sheets made no sense at all in the market. So I thought I should probably start working & get some additional expertise. I always loved stocks, I loved watching CNBC & I had started investing in stocks at the age of 17. However I never formally acquired any knowledge in this domain. This is when I got to know about the CFA, the gold standard in investment profession; well, at least that is what they say! So I registered for the exam, made my passport which I never needed in my entire life but now I needed it for an exam! Anyways, everything seemed fine, until the books arrived. I hit the roof when I saw the size of each book and the sleepy text font. Anyways I started right away(as you should), it was a slow process and a very painful one. Never had I ever studied so much in my entire life and it had started to annoy me.
At first it didn’t actually spoil my social life, I used to study in the weekends but as time passed and the exams got nearer I had to skip my outings. A lot of money had been spent on it, and it made no sense to back off. I could have easily taken admission into a B- school and managed to get a job but some people like me take unnecessary challenges in life. I shall tell you soon whether it pays off or not.