Full Time Job, Part-Time Master’s Degree, and CFA at same time
Hi all – looking for some feedback to see if anyone has attempted this, has been successful or recommends working full-time, studying part-time for a master's degree, and pursuing the CFA at the same time.
From what I gather, most people work full time and do the CFA….and do a full time master's degree separately.
Some of my thoughts:
1.) CFA Level 1 studying time seems to be different than CFA Level 2 and CFA Level 3. From my research I can see that CFA level 2 and 3 are more rigorous, and this seems concerning if someone is working full time and taking a class or two towards a master's degree at the same time.
2.) Does it sound feasible that CFA Level 1 studying would equal about the same time commitment as taking 1 master's degree/graduate level class in terms of time, duration, and intensity?
3.) I would think taking one master's degree class at a time while juggling the CFA studying and working full time can be done, just sounds a little daunting for levels 2 and 3.
4.) I think trying to do CFA in 3-4 years, and then part time master's another 3-4 years sounds like a lot of time (6-8 years). In my opinion trying to tackle both at the same time before it gets more difficult to juggle all of this when you're in your mid to late 30's with family commitments sounds better to me.
5.) It seems now that having an advanced degree from a top school and the CFA charter are the only ways to be competitive working your way up in the ER sell-side community and moving over to the buy side.
I've seen some people talk about this on other forums but have not seen it discussed here. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.