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Users Weigh In on CFA/MBA, Minority Retention

Our story comparing the CFA designation to the more traditional MBA has touched off quite a discussion. Care to join in?

CFA or MBA: Which is right for you?

So far In 2007, 140,000 people from 156 countries have registered to sit for the three exam that determine, in part, whether you're permitted to tag those three letters at the end of their signature. Almost as soon as I posted it, people began to weigh in. Add your comments here.

Minority Retention Requires Real Change, Group Says

Our story on minority retention has also attracted a lot of attention since we posted it two weeks ago. For all the talk of diversity on Wall Street, people of color tend to look toward the door at certain points in their career - nudged by a pattern of events that may hold clues to more effective retention efforts. There's no shortage of opinion on this topic, either. Check it out, and add your thoughts, here.

AUTHORMark Feffer Insider Comment
  • Sc
    7 June 2007

    Firstly, One needs to qualify what kind of an MBA we are talking about here...Is it from one of the MBA mills out there or a top 10 BSchool? Also, depending on what part of finance one is contemplating is also a consideration. Speaking from my own experience though when it comes to a job as an analyst CFA probably wins hands down....Even the typical top-tier MBA program will probably not go into nearly the depth of the CFA program. Opportunity cost as well as real tuition $$ also make CFA in many instances a better alternative to the MBA.

  • vi
    victor shubin
    25 May 2007

    great input... agree completely with your words of wisdom... thank you kindly

  • MB
    MBA, Non CFA
    14 May 2007

    I graduated from a leading business school in Europe in 2001. The market was tough back then and jobs in private equity were scarce. I have been since trying to get into the PE industry, but it seems neither my MBA nor my post-MBA work experiences with a worshiped US company nor my native Chinese languages would help to this end. I am now contemplating to take a CFA. But could anyone advise candidly whether this is of any help, especially for someone in the later 30's? Thanks.

  • Du
    1 May 2007

    I am a CA and just finished my MBA. Its hard to get a job through the head hunters.. they are simply ticking the box. I am going through the recruitment process myself and find its easy to communicate clearly what i am looking for. If the head hunters are keen to help in the right area then its great, otherwise, find someone else...

    CFA and MBA, i think both are good assuming you have the past experience to back them up... CFA is deep in knowledge and MBA is broad in knowledge. And employers care what is the package you give them rather and a sub-section.

  • Fu
    Fund manager
    26 April 2007

    Why are you expecting to find a job by answering job ads???

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