I’m Going Back to School!

August 28, 2013
Back to School

Yep! It’s true. But I’m not quitting my job and going back to school full-time or anything like that… I’m just taking a class.

Do you remember what I said way back in January about wanting to take one of the courses in the PFP program? Well, it turns out that the course I really wanted to take is now finally being offered (for a much smaller fee) for investors only.

The Canadian Securities Course (CSC) for Investors is essentially the same as the course taken by financial professionals, minus the exam and credit towards any financial planning designations – which works for me, since I’ll never get the 3+ years of banking experience required to become a designated anything! The basic outcome of the course is that it will teach you the ins and outs of the investing industry, as well as help you become a more informed investor.

You all might think I’m nuts for spending the money on this course versus just buying a few books and learning by doing, but I feel like a kid in a candy store just thinking about reading through lessons, listening to podcasts and doing homework again. Honestly, if school wasn’t so freaking expensive, I’d probably be in at least one class at all times. And Ashleigh has promised me that taking the course was invaluable to her, so I’m hoping to feel the same when I’m done.

I’m about $150 short still, but should be able to register sometime in September and will have one year to complete the course. My goal is to be able to read articles, books, etc. about investing methods and the industry and know exactly what people are talking about. Sounds simple, right? Guess we’ll see!

Would you ever take a course to learn more about something that interests you?

Flickr: jorgeq82

  • Jason St-Hilaire August 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Great idea!

    Ever since I learned about the Investors version of this course I’ve been also looking into it. I’ve been hesitating between this and a more complete program, adapted to Quebec, like a Certificate in Financial Planning that I could do at home…

    My friends find me crazy that I want to go back to school a few months after graduating with a Ph.D. in physics… :P

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Bahaha… I don’t think that’s crazy. If you have a PhD, you obviously like going to school! But maybe test the waters with one class, before jumping into another program. ;)

  • MakintheBacon August 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I have a lot of interests and wish I could take courses in all of them! Trying to fit them in my schedule is hard. I enjoy baking and have taken a couple of courses in cupcake decorating and cake decorating. I would eventually like to take language courses and investing courses too.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I bet the decorating courses were fun!

  • Michelle August 28, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Good for you! I am thinking about taking just one class in something that interests me as well. It will be a totally different experience since I won’t be working towards a degree with it.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Totally different experience!

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life August 28, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Hey good for you! That definitely looks like a really interesting course, one that’ll definitely give you a ton of knowledge! I’ve taken a few courses here and there on topics that interest me, it’s really fun! Especially the one class at a time format – so much less pressure than going to school full time.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Having a year to complete the course will be great, but I think I’ll still make a shorter deadline for myself – like finish X number of lessons in X number of months, you know?

  • Elizabeth August 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Sure would! I took Arabic classes from the local community college for almost 2 year, just for the fun of it!

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Nice! And you enjoyed them?

  • Britt August 28, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Ooh! Exciting! I’d love to do something like this one day.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I’ll keep everyone posted on what the course is like!

  • Gillian @ Drop That Debt August 28, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Oh yay! Congrats Cait. That sounds like it will be super helpful. And taking a course is so much easier than having to read through a thick book full of technical terms by yourself. Good luck!

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am


  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses August 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

    That’s awesome! I’ve thought a lot about going back to school but I’m not sure for what yet. Maybe in a year I’ll decide.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Totally. No need to rush it. I keep thinking about doing my Masters in something or other… but I definitely don’t have the money to make that dream a reality!

  • psychsarah August 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Kudos on your commitment to lifelong learning :) Since finishing my PhD, I’ve taken Italian classes (before my trip there), belly dancing, and various other fitness related classes (yoga, etc.) I would love to go back and audit all the undergrad courses I was interested in, (e.g., history, religion, philosophy, women’s studies, it’s a long list…) but wouldn’t fit into my double major. Actually doing this is probably a long way off, as I have a toddler and a baby on the way and work full time, but I do enjoy learning in a structured format. I read as much as I can, but I find a class more of a commitment and dedication to a subject for a period of time. It allows you to get engrossed in it and really take something away from the experience beyond what reading a book can do.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      You’re a busy woman, Sarah! Thanks for sharing your experience with taking classes on the side of it all. :)

  • Rob August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “Would you ever take a course to learn more about something that interests you?”

    Yes, after all my summer outdoor house improvement projects are completed, and with more free time since retiring last year, this winter I plan to check out some of the free online courses that might interest me. To that end I’ve been collecting a number of links to various universities and other sites which I plan to investigate. That is in addition to all the other indoor house painting projects that are in the pipeline for winter completion! :-)

    Over the years I’ve never stopped learning stuff, whether it be self taught reading, uni courses, or formal and on-the-job training training provided at my employer. It pays to keep the brain active, challenged, and interested.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! PS, when will you be finished all of your summer projects around the house!? ;)

      • Rob August 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        Summer projects about 90% completed, with about 2 more weeks of work left.
        I estimate that I’ve saved 50% of the cost by doing it myself (along with a retired neighbour’s help). Side benefit: no need to go to a gym as I’ve lost 25 lbs doing all this construction work. Btw, know anyone who needs some aggregate sand? I kinda bought a tad too much when I had 20 tons delivered! :-)

        • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

          That’s fantastic, Rob! I’ll wait until my September budget post goes live to ask what the fall holds for you. :)

  • E.M. August 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Awesome! I would love to take a few classes here and there, but I can’t afford to right now. Definitely something to consider once I’m done paying off my student loans. I really liked college; I love learning, especially about things I am interested in. I was so disappointed when they introduced new classes for my major the year after I graduated, they sounded so neat. Good luck!

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      I experienced that too! My program changed quite dramatically, after I was done, and I would’ve loved to have taken some of what they added.

  • Lindsey @ Sense & Sensibility August 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This a great idea! There’s a course offered at my local university (through continuing education) where you get paired up with a successful investor and they mentor you while you build an investment portfolio and invest your $1000 or whatever. That’s been on my bucket list for a while. Have fun in your course, I can’t wait to hear more about it!

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Sounds like an interesting course! Keep it on the bucket list.

  • Steve August 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Wow gives me ideas for courses I might want to take in the future!

    I’m in the same boat: I don’t think I’ll end up in the industry to get the required years of work experience, but taking the courses just for interest sake would be interesting.

    Thanks for the post, didn’t know about these courses!!

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Welcome! If you ever sign up for it (or others) let me know.

  • Eva @ Girl Counting Pennies August 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations on “going back to school”! :P I think it’s a great class to take.

    I’m the same when it comes to studying. If it weren’t so expensive, I would be studying all day every day. I had to quit law school two years ago after finishing the first year as it was too expensive to continue :( This would’ve been my second university degree so really I didn’t have to do this, but still I wish I could.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Eva! But sorry to hear about law school. My guess, however, is your new path will lead you somewhere better. *Hug*

  • Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans August 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome! I totally get the kid in the candy store feeling. It’s usually around this time when I actually miss shopping for school supplies! Good luck!

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Lisa!

  • Michelle August 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Absolutely! I’ve taken several Digital Photography courses and a Web Design course part-time. They were a lot of fun and you get to meet some great people at the same time. Kudos on signing up for the course! You’ll have to let us all know how it goes.

    • Cait August 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I will for sure! And I’d love to take a digital photography course soon, too.

  • Liquid August 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    This is a nice fit for you. Glad you are so dedicated to finance :D You’ll know even more about investing than me by the time you’re finished with the class (^_-) That would be the only reason I would go back to school now, is for personal interest reasons. I would like to take a helicopter flying course just for fun. But I heard they’re expensive and I don’t really have the time right now.

    • Cait August 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Bahaha, well I highly doubt I’ll ever know more than you… but it’d be nice to get to your level!

  • Budget and the Beach August 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Good luck Cait! I’m learning podcasting but right now just using free online tools. I figure it’s a low-risk investment until I find out if it’s something I want to pursue further. I’ve been burned too many times with something “i’m excited about” then spend a lot of money only to find out I wasn’t really excited about it. :) Like life coaching a couple years ago. I also have taken some low-cost online classes related to video with Lynda.com. For $37 for a month adding another piece of editing software to my resume is priceless!

    • Cait August 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Yea, I’ve thought about learning some new things via Lynda too. Cool to hear that you’ve done that before!

  • Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption August 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Very cool!

    In the spirit of continued learning, I signed up for a couple of online courses through Coursera for the fall. Whether or not I’ll have the time to keep up with them is another story…

    I hope you enjoy yours!

  • Brian August 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I’m actually starting a class next week! I’m taking Saturday classes towards a Project Management Certificate program at one of the local colleges. My goal is to get my PMP designation by the end of 2014.

    I found through my day job that I really enjoy the project management aspect of my job and I’ve already implemented some methods I learned in an introductory course. I’m really looking forward to it!

    • Cait September 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Nice! I know a couple people who have their PMP designation. Enjoy, Brian!

  • dojo September 7, 2013 at 2:58 am

    I have absolutely no problem with going back to school for something that really interests me. I don’t think it’s OK to stop learning just because you’ve finished the ‘normal’ school and anything you can teach yourself will probably be useful down the line.

    Best of luck with the courses, can’t wait to read more about how it all works out for you.