Career Advice - Readily Applicable Finance Designations

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JRL, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. JRL


    Hello All,

    I'll try and keep this as concise as possible. Stats:

    -Canadian citizen
    -Wife is a med student and we'll be moving to New York in June of 2010
    -B.Comm in Accounting
    -Almost done CGA (Canadian accounting designation).

    The CGA is all but irrelevant in the US. The B.Comm is one thing, but nearly everyone now has a bachelor's degree. SO, I need to differentiate myself in the eyes of an American employer that would justify them to sponsor me down here.

    I've looked at a few designations which I've found interesting, and would appreciate any commentary/advice you could offer with respect to how readily applicable they are in terms of finding a job.

    Option A) Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
    -Good: high perceived value, globally recognized, etc.
    -Bad: expensive, longer in nature

    Option B) Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)
    -Good: globally recognized/accepted
    -Bad: UK-based, could be a logistical nightmare

    Option C) Chartered Market Technician (CMT)
    -Good: easy entry, inexpensive
    -Bad: questionable perceived value

    I've also looked at a couple of Professional Certificates offered from the New York Institute of Finance. The positives there are that they'd be easy and inexpensive to attain, negatives being that they're probably not too highly thought-of.

    So, what would everyone suggest? Alternatively, if there are any other finance-related designations which are of value to attain, I'd love to hear about them.

    Thanks in advance for any sort of responses offered.