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Stradle
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March 29th, 2014, 2:54 pm

I wanted to ask about comparing career opportunities of the following:1) risk management, model validation role in the middle office of top bank.2) algorithmic trading position in smaller 'buy-side' company.This would be the first job and I wonder in which role I could learn more. The actual work, as far as I understand, is equally interesting in both cases even though rather different. If something does not work out in the future, which possibility has more career changing options?
 
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March 29th, 2014, 11:03 pm

Go for 2)
 
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March 30th, 2014, 3:08 am

What would be the main reason(s)?
 
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March 30th, 2014, 12:10 pm

Banks appear to be pretty miserable places to work these days.
 
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March 30th, 2014, 2:14 pm

That makes a lot of sense. On the other hand I sort of expected that if working at middle office, generally, stress levels and working hours are lower as compared to the front office. Or the situation at the middle office is just slightly better as compared to the rest of the bank but still much worse as compared to the buy-side?
 
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February 20th, 2015, 5:49 pm

but you make less money. The only thing that counts in life. Other than T&A
 
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March 10th, 2015, 4:42 pm

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March 10th, 2015, 4:43 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: psibladeZXbut you make less money. The only thing that counts in life. Other than T&Ahey did you reply to a year old thread and make me follow like an idiot
 
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March 10th, 2015, 11:47 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: DevonFangsQuoteOriginally posted by: psibladeZXbut you make less money. The only thing that counts in life. Other than T&Ahey did you reply to a year old thread and make me follow like an idiotIt is better to follow like an idiot than as an idiot. And yes, ZX has been stirring up some old threads this week, but then again, so did you...
 
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March 11th, 2015, 8:57 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: bearishQuoteOriginally posted by: DevonFangsQuoteOriginally posted by: psibladeZXbut you make less money. The only thing that counts in life. Other than T&Ahey did you reply to a year old thread and make me follow like an idiotIt is better to follow like an idiot than as an idiot. And yes, ZX has been stirring up some old threads this week, but then again, so did you...the life after quant one? that was just a metempsychotic afflatus
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