After I wrote a blog post called "How the CFA Program Shaped My Career," I was surprised by the positive response it generated. In retrospect, I should not have been surprised. Many businesses strive to appeal to the human need for togetherness, or a sense of common purpose with their customers. The CFA program has that naturally.
I also thought that it would be great to hear the stories of other CFA charterholders, and to have a place to share them all. Thus this post. If you have a story to tell about your experience with the CFA program (as a candidate or a member) provide me with a link and I will add it to this post (in reverse chronological order.)
"To me the CFA charter tells just as much about your financial and ethical expertise as it does about your discipline and passion." - Franck Rivière
“When I started my journey, I had too many balls in the air to juggle a gruelling MBA, CFA and most importantly looking after a super crazy toddler” - Aswathi Thandassery
“I throughly enjoyed and cherish every day of my preparation of level 1, because it not only taught me to move out of my comfort zone, but also taught me that I can do what I thought I could never do” - Sahil Tandon
"The money I lost was large enough to fund the education needs of the entire village. It was so painful that I said, this was completely gambling what I did. And that is when my real education of stock investments started. I enrolled for CFA," says Samit Vartak, founder and Chief Investment Officer at SageOne Investment Advisors.
Blair duQuesnay describes her colleagues on a CFA Institute volunteer committee as by far the most talented group of people you’ve ever seen assembled in one room.
An anonymous charterholder shares some tips - including an unusual one.
Matthew Little describes his atypical career path.
Sophie describes how the CFA Charter helped her get a job.
Choosing the CFA Program over an MBA was not a difficult choice for Woon Wee Min
Vincent Papa, CFA, notes that the CFA Program "illuminated for me the capital markets application of accounting information."
Konstantinos Stergiou, CFA shares the CFA charterholder's ethos: Knowledge creates well-being.
Sara Grillo says "getting my CFA designation became the thing that has had the single greatest impact on my career."
Christine of 300 Hours tells the story of when she decided to enroll in the CFA program.
"Even though I’ve never done a discounted cash flow in my life, the CFA (program) was absolutely worth it," says Michael Batnick.
Rani Piputri on why she is a Proud CFA Charterholder
Dealbreaker's Matt Levine on what he learned studying for Level I
Do you have a CFA program story to tell? Send me the link!