One of the hardest things about studying for the CFA exams is that you’ll have to go much of the journey on your own.
There are study groups and boot camps but it is still largely a self-study course.
Outside of studying though you will find a really helpful and interactive community of charterholders and candidates.
Through the four websites below, you’ll have the potential to meet professionals at the top of their game and establish some great connections.
Maybe its because the program is self-study and you can get a sense of isolation that people go out of their way to interact and help out.
So next time you’ve got a question or just need to talk to someone that has been through the same professional struggles, look up one of the four websites and become a part of a great community.
There are more than 187 monthly unique visitors across 200 countries on the professional social networking site.
The general site is a great place to start growing your professional network and thinking about your career post-CFA Program exams.
Of more interest to candidates is the CFA Program Candidates group, a discussion group of more than 125,000 members.
You’ll find just about everything in the group, from candidates asking questions and offering advice to service providers and general analysis.
The Analyst Forum hosts group discussions on the CFA Program exams, careers, investments and even a couple of forum groups for the CAIA and FRM exams.
Participation is anonymous so you get some wild characters sometimes but the information is generally very good.
There are more than 858,000 posts across the four CFA forum groups so you are pretty much guaranteed to find an answer for any question.
The CFA Institute website isn’t necessarily an interactive community like LinkedIn or Analyst Forum but it is a great website for exploring the larger world of the designation.
Beyond the pages for the CFA program, you’ll find a host of other topics and information.
Candidates have access to the JobLine which posts opportunities from employers that know the value of the CFA designation.
The Career Centre offers individual assistance from consultants as well as resume creation tools.
Regular readers of the blog will know I’m a big fan of the Institute’s Insights and Learning page on the website.
As a member of the community, you get access to thousands of articles, multimedia and models in research.
In fact, there is so much information available that it can be a little overwhelming sometimes.
It always surprises me that candidates do not use their local CFA society more often.
Most larger cities have a society that hosts networking events and professional presentations.
While it’s not really a website, I had to include local societies in the list because they can be a great resource for candidates.
You’ll need a letter of sponsorship from a member of the local society when you apply for the charter so it’s best to reach out now before you come asking for the favor.
It seemed a little self-serving to include the FinQuiz Blog on the list of CFA websites you’ll love, especially considering that you’re already there, but I just couldn’t resist.
Over the last three years, we’ve posted more than 433 pages of ideas and advice on how to pass the CFA Program exams.
It’s been a great time talking with candidates and seeing them achieve the designation and I look forward to another three years and beyond.
We’re coming up on just four months before the exam.
If you haven’t started studying yet, you’ll need to plan a pretty aggressive study plan to get everything in.
’til next time, happy studying
Joseph Hogue, CFA