Master in Management or CFA?

Hey monkeys,

I'll be graduating with a Bachelor of Business (finance concentration) from a semi-target European university (France/Spain/Germany/Italy) in May 2018. I'd like to pursue a career in Investment/Asset Management and I'm currently applying for FT roles in London. In case I'm unsuccessful in securing such role at a BB/MBB, I'm considering two paths:

A) Complete a Masters in Management from Durham/Bath/HEC/Bocconi - hence graduating in December 2019 -, then hopefully secure this role via OCR (note: these unis are better than mine). I'd then try to take the CFA I a year after graduating.

B) Forego taking a Masters and secure an AM role at a second tier/MM Asset Manager in London or my country and take CFA Level 1 in June 2019.

I welcome any advice or alternatives.


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Aug 11, 2017 - 6:33pm

I prefer B as it would allow you to gain some experience. This will help to pad your resume and hopefully land you in a top Masters program or give you the experience to a different firm.

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Aug 13, 2017 - 6:19pm

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The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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