Hello, my name is Michael Field.
Adventures in Financial Analysis is about my journey into the world of finance. I am a soldier with approximately
24 18 10 months until I transition to the civilian world. With my transition fast approaching, I started seriously contemplating what I would do next.
I started this blog to hold myself accountable to my goals, which are:
- Finish Creighton University’s Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis program with a 3.9 or higher GPA (expected graduation December 2015).
- Pass all three CFA exams on the first attempt (level I 2014, level II 2015 and level III 2016). The odds.
- Become more proficient in MS Excel prior to my transition from the military (probably more useful career wise than doing everything on my trusty HP 12C calculator).
- Become more proficient in “R” programming prior to retirement from the military (every financial analyst should know at least one computer language for statistics and graphics, right?).
- Ich muss mehr Deutsch lernen. I need to tighten up my German language skills. It may be embarrassing if I go to a job interview after living in Germany for the past six years, and only be able to communicate at the caveman level “auf Deutsch”. I don’t think being bilingual would ever hurt my employability.
The bottom line is that when I transition from soldier to civilian, I want to be as prepared as possible and this blog is here to keep me on target.
Off I go!