CFA worthwhile for post-college guys like me? Need really serious input. I've been at a small financial institution for 4 years or so, and feel like I'm hindered w/ growth. The whole sector has been tough, and I've been wanting more input in terms of what I should do. Either pursue a CFA, or find a diff't position more related to the market. I would say, I know the operations pretty well at my work place, but feel like I'm being blown off on a chance to move upwards. I guess I feel like I'm in a mid-life crisis. I'm 30 years old, have a stable job, but feel like I have to make a move before I remain stuck. I gather that LEVEL 1 can be passed via test-prep books, but LEVEL 2 and LEVEL 3 are a thing in itself. In essence, this degree isn't like a MBA, rather, you need to KNOW YOUR SHET TO PASS IT, RIGHT?