Anybody with experience in these? I’m feeling burnt out on upper-level exams. I was told that a friend of a friend is earning quite a bit more than me with a CFA designation. They say the 3 exams take around 300 hours each, but I took a free practice exam for the first level and got a passing mark. The material seems somewhat interesting as well. I am a finance nerd and enjoy advising people and tweaking financial strategies.
I have a meeting set with friend-of-friend to ask questions, but wondering if anybody from the actuarial world has experience with the exams or the range of jobs as a whole. Think the 300 hours is still reasonable for these exams, perhaps excepting the first? Should I expect a similar work/life balance (average 40 hr/wk, good hour flexibility if there are no big meetings/pressing projects) or will I be working a lot more/more rigidly?