I know CFA is mainly for equity research and fixed income research roles, as it is heavily pushed in those fields, but what about other fields such as real estate?
I know IBD isn't crazy about it, but you can't say it is irrelevant.
My personal view, and I know some may disagree, is that it provides incredible foundations for the material. I am a fan of the program and it certainly helps expand my knowledge of several different areas in finance. I began doing it while I was in undergrad, passing L1, and now I'm going after L2.
How would you guys answer the question of "why CFA?"
Would you leave it off the resume for roles that don't place emphasis on it?
For me, the answer is clear: "I want to join the workforce, but continue my education through self study on my own time. I believe that the CFA program offers tools that can be used across several industry's and add value you the team/firm"
How good is that answer?
Sometimes I get the feeling that the prospective employer is cautious and fears I will jump ship immediately after clearing all of the exams. While it isn't untrue, I am certainly going after some of the more analytical RE roles.