Hi Mot, You are a hero, and it's a pity your welcome on the wilmott forum was not more enthusiastic. However, I'm pretty sure most of the readers feel admiration for you, but didn't really have an answer to your specific question. So, in my opinion, I think CFA won't help much. It takes a lot of time to prepare for the exam, and this time can be better spent. What exactly did you do in your quant position? Maybe you should try to first brush up on the skills you acquired for that job, and then try to build up from there. Best wishes,V. P.S. As for "working on your English", don't worry about that. Many (if not most of the) quants are not native English speakers. If you understant what people tell you and can make yourself understood, it's going to be ok, regardless of the verb tenses you use.