After a year and a half as a prop trader, I'm considering possibly going to back to school or adding a designation (or 2) in order to land a shot at one of the larger hedge funds. My question is.....Will having the CFA designation truly help my chances of landing that big interview? For the CFA's on the board, has passing the tests proven beneficial to your career? Furthermore, has the studying and knowledge gain from taking the tests actually made you a better trader? Has it made your trading more profitable? I'm confident I can make a decent living as a small-time trader.....but never the type of money I'd hope or like to make...I need to do something to jump start and improve my situation. Do you think a CFA is the answer?