When I was attempting my Level II, I was feeling mighty poor.
I had just left my role in finance and I wanted to try my hand at something else that had caught my attention - advertising. Weird, I know.
Although my experience was purely in finance at that point (and not a lot at that) I managed to secure several offers, one of which was a really interesting role at one of the largest advertising groups in the world.
Although excited about accepting this offer, I decided to continue pursuing the CFA as a safeguard in case my venture into advertising simply turned out to be a misguided detour.
However, after shifting out of my role in finance I didn’t feel particularly well funded to scare up the $2,000 or so for Level II fees and study materials. My previous company, having encouraged us to take up CFA exams, funded the whole thing for my Level I exams - as long as I passed.
It was during this time - me in this state of flux between my two roles, gloomily pondering my options on how to finance my Level II - that a foreign part of my brain fired up an idea: Since my previous company financed it, wouldn’t my new company do it too?