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Flexible Career Path?

Is CFA the pathway to Asset Management for you? Or do you think CFA has also made you look at various potential finance careers, which you would be open to pursuing in the future? Also mention why.
“Once you decide on your occupation you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job, you must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and the key to being regarded honorably. I’ve never once hated my job, I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it.”—Jiro Ono

Flexible Career Path? 21 votes

Definitely Asset Management! I always wanted to be a Portfolio Manager.
19%
artyeaselSarahDollarsToDonutsLagarta 4 votes
Not Asset Management. I am just in it for the Finance Knowledge and open to other careers.
33%
ZeechristineSophieSnippyabhicfa[Deleted User]Tedk12 7 votes
I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
47%
tachemanhairyfairypolicedogmikeyjimmygjames010AjFinancesankrutimehtaimdnextbuffetum333 10 votes

Comments

  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    Would like to keep my options open and see how things shape up. You never know where you end up till you do :)
    “Once you decide on your occupation you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job, you must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and the key to being regarded honorably. I’ve never once hated my job, I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it.”—Jiro Ono
  • christinechristine On the movePosts: 631 Sr Portfolio Manager
    Not Asset Management. I am just in it for the Finance Knowledge and open to other careers.
    I definitely started my CFA to enhance my career, not for AM, and now I see that the knowledge learnt is useful in many areas, even outside of finance!
    AjFinance
  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    @Christine you have an economics background, don't you?
    “Once you decide on your occupation you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job, you must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and the key to being regarded honorably. I’ve never once hated my job, I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it.”—Jiro Ono
  • christinechristine On the movePosts: 631 Sr Portfolio Manager
    Not Asset Management. I am just in it for the Finance Knowledge and open to other careers.
    I took it as a subject, but I didn't major in it. Yourself?
  • Definitely Asset Management! I always wanted to be a Portfolio Manager.
    I also think I tend towards portfolio management because my education is so finance heavy. I did a specialist in finance and a major in economics and then I got some Canadian only designation for chartered investment manager.
    If words can be lethal weapons, I must provide them with an arsenal.
    policedog
  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    @Christine I have a commerce degree. It was more inclined towards accounting.
    “Once you decide on your occupation you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job, you must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and the key to being regarded honorably. I’ve never once hated my job, I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it.”—Jiro Ono
  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    Currently sat in AM at the moment!
    When things get too tough, sit back with a nice bottle of red wine and remind yourself how inconsequential things are.
  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    I like and more of into strategising so yes my choice is quite complex
  • ZeeZee London - UKPosts: 1,531 Jr Partner
    Not Asset Management. I am just in it for the Finance Knowledge and open to other careers.
    What are you doing at the moment @imdnextbuffet?
    Homer: He might have all the money in the world, but there’s one thing he can’t buy. Marge: What’s that? Homer: .......A dinosaur The Simpsons
  • edited April 2013
    Definitely Asset Management! I always wanted to be a Portfolio Manager.
    When I first started the program it was simply to learn more about finance but at some point I discovered a passion for AM. I honestly don't see that changing but you never know, so it's nice that the CFA provides options.
    AjFinance
  • ZeeZee London - UKPosts: 1,531 Jr Partner
    Not Asset Management. I am just in it for the Finance Knowledge and open to other careers.
    I never really used the CFA qualification in my career, since I never really touched finance (professionally anyway). But surprisingly it's super useful in non-finance for these reasons:

    1. It's a respected qualification, and if you know how to market yourself internally you can use that to your advantage in your career even if it's non-finance
    2. People assume you're awesome in finance-related stuff. Can be a double-edged sword here, but as you climb in seniority you get caught out less (as you're expected to do less analytical work!). Just nod sagely and look wise.
    3. Finance people that you encounter (e.g. in reporting, or M&A deals etc) give you more respect when they know you have a CFA charter, probably because they don't / couldn't! ;)
    Homer: He might have all the money in the world, but there’s one thing he can’t buy. Marge: What’s that? Homer: .......A dinosaur The Simpsons
    SarahAjFinanceSnippyReena
  • Definitely Asset Management! I always wanted to be a Portfolio Manager.
    @Zee you half convinced me to change my career,the CFA charter seems to have more respect outside the finance world xD
    If words can be lethal weapons, I must provide them with an arsenal.
    AjFinance
  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    @zee that's an interesting viewpoint!
    When things get too tough, sit back with a nice bottle of red wine and remind yourself how inconsequential things are.
  • I like Asset Management. But I would like to keep my options open and explore other careers in Finance.
    Zee said:

    What are you doing at the moment @imdnextbuffet?

    I'm research analyst sell side at broking firm. and you?
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