Seeking Investment Banking opportunities abroad? Here’s how CFA Charter can help you

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is an internationally recognized course that ensures a surefire way to enter Investment banking. Once you become a Charter holder, you have access to the international career network of the CFA Institute and can actively find yourself a suitable job in another country. If you are already working in a global firm, the CFA Charter can also act as a springboard for you to get global postings within your firm.

So how shall you go about it?

  • Complete and clear all exams and work towards the 48 months work experience criteria. Then apply for a CFA Charter –
  1. Once you are a Charter holder, access the CFA Institute website career resource “JobLine” to track and apply for jobs abroad.
  2. Alternatively, network with your local CFA Chapter members and look for postings abroad.
  3. Subscribe to newsletters and job alerts published by job portals in other countries (e.g: for Australia/NZ or for UAE jobs).
  4. Network and publicize your CFA charter on LinkedIn and other career networking websites.
  5. Don’t fail to mention the CFA Charter in your resume and use it as a keyword to get the right hits in regular job portals other than Job Line.
  6. If you are already working in a global firm, you can negotiate for a global posting after qualifying.
  • Even if you do not have a CFA Charter, if you have at least cleared the exams, you should mention that on your resume as well.

Let’s check out opportunities for CFA Charterholders abroad –













United Kingdom



Geographic Distribution of CFA Charters awarded in 2014 –


Region % of CFA Charters
North America  65%
Latin America & Caribbean  1%
Middle East & Africa  6%
Asia Pacific  15%
Europe  16%


Source: CFA Institute

In short, the above insights prove that Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is a high yielding profile which can ensure a promising future almost across the globe. North America remains a popular option and most assumed job function is a Portfolio Manager.