Kaplan Professional Blog

Seven keys to success in your data science job

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Metis Sr. Data Scientist Jonathan Balaban.
Over the past decade, I’ve helped more than 100 students, colleagues and friends start new careers and find fulfilling jobs. Seeing alignment in my friends’ professional lives is one of my favourite things. During this timeframe, I started several new roles myself in diverse cities and corporate cultures. I wish I knew these seven insights when starting my career. While not comprehensive, these are simple, yet powerful, ways that can help you make a great first impression and accelerate your professional development.


1.  Get noticed
While I don’t advise ‘coming into your new job like a wrecking ball’, you don’t want to slide in silently either. Remember, you’re not a spy infiltrating a foreign corporation. Your new firm’s investing […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Data Science

How to prepare an effective CFA® study plan

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
The CFA® exam encompasses three separate exams that each cover a lot of material. To be successful, it’s highly recommended you have an effective plan of action to master the concepts and be as ready as possible for exam day. These tips can help you prepare your own study plan.

Start early and be consistent
The CFA Institute recommends 300 hours of study, which is usually the minimum requirement most people need to be successful. In order to dedicate that many hours over six to nine months, you’ll need to put in the time and effort every week. It’s important not to cram everything into the last […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

How to pass the 2021 Level I CFA® program exam: video tutorial

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
If you’re a candidate for the CFA® Program, you need a study plan that will allow you to succeed. In this video, Dr. Doug Van Eaton, CFA discusses the CFA Program Level I curriculum and proven study strategies.

2021 video transcript coming soon. For reference, below is the 2020 transcript.

Hi, I’m Doug Van Eaton. I’ve been a Level I manager for CFA® education at Kaplan Schweser for about 15 years now, teaching CFA for about 20 years, CFA topics, education and teaching finance and economics for, let’s just say much longer than that. So, we’ve got a pretty catchy title for you here, right? How to pass […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

The best way to study for Level I of the CFA® exam

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
While everyone hears about the difficulty of the Level I CFA® exam very few believe it until they experience it for themselves. To pass the exam, you’ll need to achieve at least the minimum passing score (MPS) set by the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute after each exam. The June 2019 Level I pass rate was only 41% and the December 2019 pass rate was only slightly higher at 42%. This means it’s crucial you have a study plan in place and adhere to it.

Former CFA Program students, who are now charterholders, were asked what advice they have for candidates just getting started in […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

Designing a strategy to re-take the CFA® exam

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
When preparing to re-take the CFA® exam at any level, it can be difficult to determine where to start. This guide will help you focus on the areas where you need the most work plus develop a plan for preparing to successfully re-take the CFA exam.

Review your banding
Along with your results notification, if you’ve been unsuccessful, the CFA Institute will have given you a banding. The banding shows your decile in the fail population.
Bands 10, 9 & 8:
Being in the 10th banding means you were a fraction away from passing. Sometimes, being so close is more frustrating than missing a pass by a long shot. On the positive […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

Staying on track and motivated into the new year and beyond

After a break over the festive season, the new year is often a time when your motivation may feel like it’s at an all-time high. Whether you’re ready to conquer the year ahead or doing your best to prepare, we’ve put together our top advice for staying on track and motivated with your studies into the new year and beyond.
To help get the year off to a flying start, read our best tips below.

Set goals and break them down
The new year is a great opportunity to set goals and determine what you want to accomplish in the future. Goals play a key role in your success, whether they’re short-term or long-term, or you set them daily or monthly. One of the most valuable goal setting methods is ensuring your goals are SMART: specific, […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

CFA® Exam study tips: which techniques really work?

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Dr. Doug Van Eaton, CFA

CFA® exam study tips are easy to come by, so which tips and techniques really work?
Our job at Kaplan Professional and Kaplan Schweser is to help candidates prepare for and pass the CFA exam. Kaplan Schweser has been navigating the challenge of the CFA Program exam since 1990, and we understand what it takes to pass. Our study program has evolved over the years to create an engaging and motivating experience for CFA candidates, guiding them to exam success. Here we explain the challenges candidates may face in mastering the study material for the CFA charter, discuss the latest research on learning […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

How to prepare for an online proctored exam

Upskilling and advancing your knowledge has become more accessible and manageable through online courses, empowering you to plan study around your career. With online courses being one of the most convenient ways to study, online proctored exams have also become a popular option among education providers and students.

Firstly, what’s an online proctored exam and how does it work?
An online proctored exam is a supervised exam completed remotely from any location convenient for you, whether that be the comfort of your own home or office. All you need is a computer or laptop, so you don’t have to worry about attending a public exam centre. Online exams have the same rules and regulations as normal exams, so you’ll be monitored on video throughout the assessment by a remote supervisor.
Several benefits of online proctored exams […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Why now is a great time to complete an online course

The ‘new normal’ means many of us are spending more time at home. For some of us, the extra time on our hands has been an opportunity to slow down and do the things we don’t often get the chance to do. For others, it’s been a time to focus on self-improvement and to keep as busy as possible.
If upskilling, changing your career path or furthering your education has been on your agenda for a while, you may want to consider the benefits of online study. Here are our top reasons to get started now.

Make the most of your extra time
One benefit of these uncertain times is the chance it might’ve given you to reflect on your future. You may also have extra room in your schedule to commit to completing an online […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Alumni

Healthy habits when working from home

In an ever-changing and fast-paced world, we’re now able to connect from almost anywhere. This has had an enormous influence on how we communicate and operate, both personally and professionally. Improved technology means we now have the flexibility to work from anywhere. Working from home has now become the norm for many of us, so it’s essential to make your health and wellbeing a priority, particularly if you’re still trying to come to terms with your new situation.
Here are ten healthy habits you can implement while working from home.


Maintain a routine

It’s important to maintain a routine when working from home, especially if it’s for an extended time. It’s beneficial to keep consistency to your day, such as waking up at your usual time, having breakfast, taking your scheduled lunch break, and finishing on […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Career, Personal Growth, Work-life Balance