CFA® Program is a world class course for those intending to have a career in investment and portfolio management. Despite being a tough course to crack, it is a popular choice, since, after being a CFA® charter, the candidate is bestowed upon many opportunities spanning across the globe. However, while undergoing or studying the course, any candidate comes across difficulties.

Let’s explore what a veteran in this field has to say about this curriculum and what he feels about the CFA course. Following are excerpts from the interview –

Interview with Avinash Ghalke, charter (Equity Research analyst turned entrepreneur), who shares his experience of the CFA® Program exam.

Proschool : Why did you take up CFA® Program
Avinash : This course was more focused on the financial analyst profile. My employer also encouraged me to take up this certification by sponsoring the course (only if I cleared it at first attempt)

Proschool : How tough is it? How many hours of study are required?
Avinash : For a fresher, the initial coursework looks tough. But for an experienced analyst, things are a bit easy since they can relate to the topics at work.

Proschool : What was your study plan?
Avinash : I chose a 1-2 hour daily study schedule for a 3-4 month period. However some people prefer a rigorous 14 hr – 2 week schedule just before the exam.

Proschool : Challenges you faced?
Avinash : While studying, many times you are stuck at some conceptual points that you are unable to understand. In such a case it helps to have a peer group who can help you with such difficulties.

Proschool : How has it helped you?
Avinash : The 3 levels of the curriculum are rigorous and take you through different aspects of financial analysis. So from a personal development point of view the course is quite essential and exceedingly helpful. Also a  Charter is a feather in the cap.

The above questions will help students understand the hurdles they’ll come across while undergoing this course and also the importance of CFA® Program for the profile of a financial analyst.

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