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    Hi,

    I've got my results a while ago, I've passed my degree (2:1) Accounting I would like to know some advise on route I should take. Here are several issues on my mind:

    1) If I do CFA, I would need to take CFA I, II exams using the CFA route by doing MSc Accounting and Finance. Plus I need to do CFA III to pass all exams and to gain 4 years work experience to hold the CFA designation.

    By entering this route, if I passed my exams, it won't necessarily guarantee me a job or I can put CFA on my CV until I actually gain work experience. In the Finance Industry, I'd say this is rather competitive. Therefore my degree is rather irrelevant.

    2) Go to ACCA route which I've already hold 9 exemptions and I need to finish 5 (correct me if I'm wrong) Advanced papers whilst also working under an qualified employer with study leave during my exams. Then I will hold ACCA designation which is known to be globally recognised.

    3) Go to CIMA route, which is .... basic..... By going through practically a company's graduate scheme which virtually most employers will happy to have me. As it's rather in demand. But am I selling myself short......


    Number 1) I Love this route but realistically, its competitive field, literally and I cannot be guaranteed a job afterwards which means working hard for it can be somewhat arguably waste of time (sort of).

    Number 2) I would need to find a qualified ACCA employer to take me on whilst doing examination professional papers......which I need to find. But I never got round to researching this route much because I love CFA route but I preferably prefer to start working. I'm flexible..

    Number 3) I can work in this area but I think it might be easy as pie. Sorry but...I feel like management, finance is basic.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by fourdigit)
    Hi,

    I've got my results a while ago, I've passed my degree (2:1) Accounting I would like to know some advise on route I should take. Here are several issues on my mind:

    1) If I do CFA, I would need to take CFA I, II exams using the CFA route by doing MSc Accounting and Finance. Plus I need to do CFA III to pass all exams and to gain 4 years work experience to hold the CFA designation.

    By entering this route, if I passed my exams, it won't necessarily guarantee me a job or I can put CFA on my CV until I actually gain work experience. In the Finance Industry, I'd say this is rather competitive. Therefore my degree is rather irrelevant.

    2) Go to ACCA route which I've already hold 9 exemptions and I need to finish 5 (correct me if I'm wrong) Advanced papers whilst also working under an qualified employer with study leave during my exams. Then I will hold ACCA designation which is known to be globally recognised.

    3) Go to CIMA route, which is .... basic..... By going through practically a company's graduate scheme which virtually most employers will happy to have me. As it's rather in demand. But am I selling myself short......


    Number 1) I Love this route but realistically, its competitive field, literally and I cannot be guaranteed a job afterwards which means working hard for it can be somewhat arguably waste of time (sort of).

    Number 2) I would need to find a qualified ACCA employer to take me on whilst doing examination professional papers......which I need to find. But I never got round to researching this route much because I love CFA route but I preferably prefer to start working. I'm flexible..

    Number 3) I can work in this area but I think it might be easy as pie. Sorry but...I feel like management, finance is basic.

    Thanks
    imo, i would do the ACCA papers (yes 9 is the maximum exemptions meaning 5 more papers are needed), apply for a job and count that as your acca work experience. the w/e for acca doesnt necessarily have to be accounting but i think it will have to be signed by (any type of) accountant (not sure about that). then do the CFA, passing all three levels is extremely hard! perhaps if you work in an IB field you can get both w/e requirements sorted at the concurrently as well
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    imo, i would do the ACCA papers (yes 9 is the maximum exemptions meaning 5 more papers are needed), apply for a job and count that as your acca work experience. the w/e for acca doesnt necessarily have to be accounting but i think it will have to be signed by (any type of) accountant (not sure about that). then do the CFA, passing all three levels is extremely hard! perhaps if you work in an IB field you can get both w/e requirements sorted at the concurrently as well
    True doesn't necessarily have to be accounting field but I think the employer needs to a qualified and give supervision throughout my work experience. Some employer may pay my exam fees.

    I suppose you have a good point.

    CFA route, hmmm as much I'd like to do it, realistically >=6 years

    Hmmmmmmm...... I need network connections for this especially in IB field.
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    (Original post by fourdigit)
    True doesn't necessarily have to be accounting field but I think the employer needs to a qualified and give supervision throughout my work experience. Some employer may pay my exam fees.

    I suppose you have a good point.

    CFA route, hmmm as much I'd like to do it, realistically >=6 years

    Hmmmmmmm...... I need network connections for this especially in IB field.
    currently for my team in IB i have an acca accountant in it, he just signs off my hours and i do the rest of my job which a lot isnt accountancy related. i would suggest that since you understand how hard/long the CFA will take get the ACCA done first. also get some money before you do CFA, its around $1000 dollars / exam
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    (Original post by TheBrightShadow)
    currently for my team in IB i have an acca accountant in it, he just signs off my hours and i do the rest of my job which a lot isnt accountancy related. i would suggest that since you understand how hard/long the CFA will take get the ACCA done first. also get some money before you do CFA, its around $1000 dollars / exam
    I guess your sorted

    Depending how well the job hunting goes, I'm going to find a tempo job whilst being productive during my breaks this year. If I am unable to find a graduate job who can also sign off the no of hours I've worked in the next 9 months. I think I'm going to pursue the ACCA programme at the institution which allows me to be exempt on all the P1-P3, and the two choices of P4-P7 next year. In addition, a MSc Financial Analyst simultaneously in same academic year.

    Course I still require work experience at the end of it but I'll still keep my tempo job during weekends shifts to live on and nevertheless I feel this is a great combination which will boost my position and I'll be confident when the time comes. Hopefully recession will be gone by then, though I doubt it will and hopefully they still require more accountants rather than administration.

    I think that'll be my plan.
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    (Original post by fourdigit)
    I guess your sorted

    Depending how well the job hunting goes, I'm going to find a tempo job whilst being productive during my breaks this year. If I am unable to find a graduate job who can also sign off the no of hours I've worked in the next 9 months. I think I'm going to pursue the ACCA programme at the institution which allows me to be exempt on all the P1-P3, and the two choices of P4-P7 next year. In addition, a MSc Financial Analyst simultaneously in same academic year.

    Course I still require work experience at the end of it but I'll still keep my tempo job during weekends shifts to live on and nevertheless I feel this is a great combination which will boost my position and I'll be confident when the time comes. Hopefully recession will be gone by then, though I doubt it will and hopefully they still require more accountants rather than administration.

    I think that'll be my plan.
    if you can get an internship that counts as well to your w/e
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    (Original post by TheBrightShadow)
    if you can get an internship that counts as well to your w/e
    Thanks for the helpful advice, just found several work experience to apply for this following year
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    There is no way you can compare cfa with other professional qualification. CFA is seriously tougher than ACCA CIMA or ACA. It too hard... In one day you have to sit for Ethics, Economics, Quantitative Finance, Financial Reporting, Corporate finance, Equity Investment, Fixed Income, Alternative Investment, Derivatives and Portfolio Management. So many area only one day....Way tougher than ACA or ACCA or CIMA
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    (Original post by nawshercse98)
    There is no way you can compare cfa with other professional qualification. CFA is seriously tougher than ACCA CIMA or ACA. It too hard... In one day you have to sit for Ethics, Economics, Quantitative Finance, Financial Reporting, Corporate finance, Equity Investment, Fixed Income, Alternative Investment, Derivatives and Portfolio Management. So many area only one day....Way tougher than ACA or ACCA or CIMA
    Can I get a timeline on when you sat each of these qualifications?
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    You don't need a 'qualified ACCA employer'? Anywhere with a finance dept will work
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    (Original post by Jam')
    You don't need a 'qualified ACCA employer'? Anywhere with a finance dept will work
    They need to be accredited so will count towards your 3 years work experience and logbook.


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    (Original post by M1011)
    Can I get a timeline on when you sat each of these qualifications?
    No timeline. In only one day, you have attend 10 subject in 7 hour exam session. CFA is seriously tougher than acca, aca or cima because of that. I passed aca and acca but I am struggling to pass cfa. I passed only two level of cfa after spending significant amount of time. I had to leave my job in order to create more study time. 3 months I didn't work before cfa exam
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    (Original post by nawshercse98)
    No timeline. In only one day, you have attend 10 subject in 7 hour exam session. CFA is seriously tougher than acca, aca or cima because of that. I passed aca and acca but I am struggling to pass cfa. I passed only two level of cfa after spending significant amount of time. I had to leave my job in order to create more study time. 3 months I didn't work before cfa exam
    Hello Please help me to get right way.Currently I am doing ACCA.I want to Know that After ACCA and ICAEW.Is CFA better for me.I want CFO job in Multinational Company.My Dream is that i work in The World Bank.
    Thank You.waiting of your reply.
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    (Original post by nawshercse98)
    No timeline. In only one day, you have attend 10 subject in 7 hour exam session. CFA is seriously tougher than acca, aca or cima because of that. I passed aca and acca but I am struggling to pass cfa. I passed only two level of cfa after spending significant amount of time. I had to leave my job in order to create more study time. 3 months I didn't work before cfa exam
    Hello Please help me to get right way.Currently I am doing ACCA.I want to Know that After ACCA and ICAEW.Is CFA better for me.I want CFO job in Multinational Company.My Dream is that i work in The World Bank
    Thank You.waiting of your reply.
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    (Original post by manga)
    They need to be accredited so will count towards your 3 years work experience and logbook.


    This was posted from The Student Room's iPhone/iPad App
    Do you have to do the work experience alongside the ACCA course or after, I was wondering because I'm not sure how demanding the timetable for the courses are and if you would have time to work alongside it. Do most people work part time? Study part time?
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    Do you have to do the work experience alongside the ACCA course or after, I was wondering because I'm not sure how demanding the timetable for the courses are and if you would have time to work alongside it. Do most people work part time? Study part time?
    I just have almost 7 months work experiance and my 2 Options Papers are remaining P4,P5 or P6,P7.Its my future planning that in which field i go for CFO Job After ACCA and ICAEW.I mean in which subjects i need to be specialist.
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    CFA > CIMA > ACCA

    CFA's an entirely different route.

    I'm surprised you would even consider ACCA, was viewed as a last resort if you werent good enough for big 4. Though it did seem to be popular with Indian students.

    Certainly in North America, and likely in other countries, they much prefer their own country's qualifications. In Canada CIMA has an agreement with the Canadian equivalent CMA, but with ACCA you'd be left with an undesirable qualification.
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    CFA > CIMA > ACCA

    CFA's an entirely different route.

    I'm surprised you would even consider ACCA, was viewed as a last resort if you werent good enough for big 4. Though it did seem to be popular with Indian students.

    Certainly in North America, and likely in other countries, they much prefer their own country's qualifications. In Canada CIMA has an agreement with the Canadian equivalent CMA, but with ACCA you'd be left with an undesirable qualification.
    So its mean i don't need to go for CFA.I just need to focus on ACCA and ICAEW as a Professional Accountant.
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    hello.... having passed ACCA myself and spending time in one of the Big 4 and looking at the prospects out there,... i am inclined to tell you to go for CFA..The course is seriously challenging and is great for those who want to enter into finance.

    I am impressed with the syllabus and its scope...

    Goodluck..
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    (Original post by Saqlain Live)
    I just have almost 7 months work experiance and my 2 Options Papers are remaining P4,P5 or P6,P7.Its my future planning that in which field i go for CFO Job After ACCA and ICAEW.I mean in which subjects i need to be specialist.
    You dont need CFA to be a CFO. ICAEW is a must to give you an edge over ACCAs. From what I've seen in the subcontinent/middle east (not sure about UK), ACAs are preferred over ACCAs in most cases. However, that being said, ACCA can get you a good position as well provided you have the right experience. However an ACA would make sure you are always in contention because of the rigidity/toughness of the ACA qualification.

    CFA is only useful if you plan to enter into the Finance/Investment banking/Treasury side. Only do the CFA after you have completed your ICAEW, and that too if it only interests you to carry on with further studies.
 
 
 
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