Online/self-study qualifications worth obtaining

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  1. merkur

    merkur Senior member

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    intent Senior member

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    Cannot tell if serious.
     
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    CFA is self study (need a bachelors degree though) - high value in Canada, heard mixed opinions in the US.
     
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    Adding to the OP's line of questioning: Google certifications, worth it?
     
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    CFA is self study (need a bachelors degree though) - high value in Canada, heard mixed opinions in the US.

    if you don't have 4 yrs U.S. Bachelors or equivalent, you can still enrol in the CFA program if you have a few years of work exp.
     
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    Depends if it is specific for a job such as : casualty lines insurance examiner, then yes. In this case the study and the test are sanctioned by the State in which the license is administered. If the online study is in lieu of actual in class study for a four year program or masters level program I think not.
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/workpl...edegrees_x.htm
     
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    You can purchase a Ph.D online for a few hundred. They even come with transcripts
     
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    I'm taking a course of studies through a seminary. I have the option at any time of physically traveling to the seminary to finish the degree, or I can do most of the work by correspondence.

    It's not an MBA or CA designation (I'm working on an MTS) and at best, I'll end up doing the lecture circuit or living under a tree preaching and living off mangoes in the underdeveloped world, but I find the courses to be extremely valuable in other fields.

    For example, I had no idea half the adult population of Swaziland was HIV positive. I had no idea where Swaziland was, but now I am in a far better negotiating position when I deal with people who are Afrikaner and appreciate that I understand some of their history and also why they left South Africa for Canada. As a native born Canadian, I sometimes forget that not everybody has it as good as we do, and that not every product should be sold to the target market where it will profit most, if there are deliberate and definite human costs.

    Thomas
     
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    CFA is self study (need a bachelors degree though) - high value in Canada, heard mixed opinions in the US.
    I just Googled CFAs. WTF makes them so valuable with such high salaries?
     
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    Are you actually in IT? Or are you just bumming around looking to do "something?"
     
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    I just Googled CFAs. WTF makes them so valuable with such high salaries?
    Somewhat challenging cirriculum, covering a lot of the fundamentals to function as a financial/risk/business analyst.

    And a 30% pass rate on the first two exams, makes it much more selective then an MBA from some 3rd rate school.
     
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    CFA wont' get you a job. It'll add value if you're working in the industry.

    Why don't you try to get a job first, or move to your desired field.
     

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