I am going to be graduating in about 18 months time and I am very keen to work for a big IB. I am well aware (having already done an internship with an edinburgh based fund manger) how competitive the industry is. I am therefore thinking of taking the IMC (investment management certificate) exam in order to help me stand out against other candidates. I have looked at the sylabus and I believe with some hard work I could pass it, as I do have a genuine interest in the financial markets, and wouldn't consider reading the course material and recommended reading to much of a bore. I am curious if anyone has taken this exam and how demanding did they find it? Also is it a well respected qualification among the IB's (I understand it is the starting exam to becoming a CFA)? Or is there another exam I should be looking to be taking...I only have three months experience (gained from a summer internship) however and I think the majority of professional qualifications require much more. Any help or advice would be much appreciated.