Should you get licensed prior to graduating undergrad or after you have a job offer?

A lot of jobs require you to have a financial license. But these licenses come at a cost. Is it a smart idea to get a license for your dream job prior to graduating college? Or after you actually get a job offer in a contract?

There is a chance you won't get any job offers even after you get licensed and also the same can be said; if you get the job offer but failed the licensing exam.

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Mar 19, 2018

Not sure which license you are talking about. For FINRA Series tests you can't register yourself to take it. Only a FINRA registered employer can sign you up.

Mar 20, 2018

That's not true. Please do your research before you place incorrect answers here

Mar 19, 2018

Which license? If you are 100% sure of going into finance then I don't see why it wouldn't be beneficial to try to go for your CFA while in school. Can't really comment on FINRA or anything like that. If your job prospects aren't as linear (maybe you have engineering/IT, consulting, etc in your sights behind finance) then I would focus my time on bettering your resume/selling your current skillset.

Mar 20, 2018
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