i'm just about to finish my final two exams this week in my accounting/finance double major. i have got a job lined up beginning in January next year at a accounting firm.
this semester i've basically done my whole finance section of the major and getting really interested in it. but i currently have this perception that acquiring a good secure job in the industry is quite difficult unless you're right at the top of the class, so i've chose to go down the accounting route because it seems less stressful, they pay for your CA and it was great working there when i had a trial run with them for a couple of weeks.
the CFA program hasn't advertised much nor any finance companies. i've spoken to a stock broker who is very successful but income fluctuates 50% a month! he did honours and he isn't even doing a CFA or anything which i find surprising but this may be the norm in stock brokering...? anyways, i'd just like to know whether i should maybe go into honours in finance, which i'd prefer not to do because i'd love to just start working in business in general ASAP, but does honours in finance give you much advantage or your peers? is the industry very stressful? if i did do my CA and changed my mind/wanted to expand into finance, would my CA qualification hold up in the finance industry?
one last thing-if i do go on into accounting, can anyone recommend any short courses or books (preferably something that could be put on my CV) that i could do over the summer before my job begins that would really help give me some practical education on the industry.
Thanks in advance!