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    I was just wondering to the people who are or have been on placement if they did any extra qualifications in the year. I am going into a financial technology firm which specialises in post trading derivative services and want to do a CFA.

    Reading about the requirements it has said that you will have to be in your final year to sit the exam so that means taking the exam December in my final university year. I am not too sure on this but was wondering if there were any other qualifications in the similar field to CFA in which I can take a look at.
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    I did the IMC (awarded by cfa institute) during my placement. Employers had very positive remarks about it as it shows motivation and commitment. I wanted to do cfa but had the same problem as you and didnt want to do it while doing my final year. I am sitting the cfa1 next week, wish me luck.


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    (Original post by souman)
    I did the IMC (awarded by cfa institute) during my placement. Employers had very positive remarks about it as it shows motivation and commitment. I wanted to do cfa but had the same problem as you and didnt want to do it while doing my final year. I am sitting the cfa1 next week, wish me luck.


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    Thanks for the reply, that what I was thinking to do as well. Have you graduated now and good luck for next week!
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    Thanks for the reply, that what I was thinking to do as well. Have you graduated now and good luck for next week!
    Thanks!

    Graduated last year, yes. Joined tier 1 ib but hate it so want to move to the buy-side.


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    Thanks!

    Graduated last year, yes. Joined tier 1 ib but hate it so want to move to the buy-side.


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    Are you in Barclays because I know a lot of analysts have to do CFA there. Same I am also thinking of the buy side as well its much more interesting in my opinion.
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    (Original post by Madmax121)
    Are you in Barclays because I know a lot of analysts have to do CFA there. Same I am also thinking of the buy side as well its much more interesting in my opinion.
    Not barclays.
    One thing is sure - buy side is way more interesting and fulfilling so one should aim to end up there. However starting from sell side could still have advantages (eg strong brand name on cv, transferrable skills etc). Having said that, i still believe i made a mistake joining ib as i even had the opportunity to go directly into buy-side.
    Evaluate your situation and decide.


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    (Original post by souman)
    Not barclays.
    One thing is sure - buy side is way more interesting and fulfilling so one should aim to end up there. However starting from sell side could still have advantages (eg strong brand name on cv, transferrable skills etc). Having said that, i still believe i made a mistake joining ib as i even had the opportunity to go directly into buy-side.
    Evaluate your situation and decide.


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    Thanks for the advice, good luck!
 
 
 
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