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by HyperGeometric
August 10th, 2011, 2:13 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Job prospects with a Finance PhD
Replies: 15
Views: 26548

Job prospects with a Finance PhD

Hard to 200k+ at top US uni from European unis - you have to be the best of the best at LBS (or may be LSE) and very good/lucky. In industry, you'll start around 200k as well and will find out in a year whether you'll go above 500k.
by HyperGeometric
December 16th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: bored to death in physics but have prospects...
Replies: 17
Views: 23262

bored to death in physics but have prospects...

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: daveangelQuoteOriginally posted by: EscapeArtist999QuoteOriginally posted by: selimonsI have to say that I am working in a very hot field, but unless I take some serious initiative like forming a start-up company, I will end up in dusty shelves of academics. Maybe I can...
by HyperGeometric
November 29th, 2010, 8:45 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Advice needed for switching from Engineering to Quant career
Replies: 17
Views: 24105

Advice needed for switching from Engineering to Quant career

Canadian citizens don't need H1. You can get TN easily. Also, check your PM.
by HyperGeometric
November 22nd, 2010, 3:56 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Mid-life Crisis
Replies: 15
Views: 25086

Mid-life Crisis

Collaborate with researchers and use your industry experience to add to academic literature. It fits your schedule.
by HyperGeometric
November 17th, 2010, 9:30 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: MS EMG Credit Strategist
Replies: 3
Views: 22991

MS EMG Credit Strategist

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: diablo2manThen I have no idea why they interview me. I don't have any advanced math background except college math.Does desk quant also need to know that much math?QuoteOriginally posted by: katastrofaCredit modelling is more about copulas and probability than stochasti...
by HyperGeometric
November 1st, 2010, 7:57 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: MFE of MS of Financial Math with fin.aid
Replies: 10
Views: 25305

MFE of MS of Financial Math with fin.aid

Why do you want to do an MFE? In fact, why do you want to do MEng? If you want to enter financial industry, why don't you do that right after undergrad....and yes, twofish is right.
by HyperGeometric
October 25th, 2010, 2:42 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: PhD Financial Computing UCL vs Statistics LSE
Replies: 15
Views: 28799

PhD Financial Computing UCL vs Statistics LSE

If the aim is to be in the industry, financial computing program looks far more applicable and will get you the right job. It's broad as well so you can choose your area of interest and not have to focus on algos only.
by HyperGeometric
September 24th, 2010, 11:52 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How can I move to California after three years on the Street?
Replies: 8
Views: 25675

How can I move to California after three years on the Street?

What's your educational background? Did you get this experience at a top shop?
by HyperGeometric
August 18th, 2010, 1:29 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Trader in New York
Replies: 46
Views: 28885

Trader in New York

<t>There are some IIT grads who have been picked up by Wall St. straight out of school / India. Relying on that would be unwise. If you're serious, get admitted to a top engineering PhD program, take a couple of finance courses and drop out with a 'terminal MEng' once you find a job. This is the eas...
by HyperGeometric
August 2nd, 2010, 8:38 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: 4 phone interviews with 4 different groups in Goldman Sachs
Replies: 7
Views: 25917

4 phone interviews with 4 different groups in Goldman Sachs

You've pretty much answered your own question(s). I think it's more like number 2. They're interviewing a lot nowadays and there are multiple groups where they feel your skill set fits (better) - you'll have to go through many more interviews though in case you keep passing them.
by HyperGeometric
July 27th, 2010, 7:13 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How easy is it to move after 3 years?
Replies: 22
Views: 29364

How easy is it to move after 3 years?

<t>For 1st year, the salary is around standard. 1) I don't think you need to wait for another year before moving. Since you've already spent 6 months of this year, I wouldn't leave before taking the year end bonus. Any other group that you join at this time will prorate your annual bonus by the amou...
by HyperGeometric
July 17th, 2010, 12:50 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Data on hiring
Replies: 4
Views: 25999

Data on hiring

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: lobdellb(1) Has your firm hired any quants or quant developers recently? If so, were any of them inexperienced? Did any of them have a non-fin PhD? Yes; Yes; No - but financial PhD is not a requirement.Quote (2) Has your firm hired any (quant-ish) developers recently? I...
by HyperGeometric
July 6th, 2010, 11:49 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Full-time PhD in ETH vs Part-time PhD Imperial College
Replies: 11
Views: 29558

Full-time PhD in ETH vs Part-time PhD Imperial College

<t>The idea behind PhD is to do research so it strikes me as odd that the person doing research has to pay for it as well. So I wouldn't recommend paying for any PhD. Having said that, if you're confident you want to be in the industry afterwards, go to Imperial (assuming this is a 3-day a week prog...
by HyperGeometric
June 16th, 2010, 9:50 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How many opportunities for a PHD not from UK/US?
Replies: 13
Views: 28361

How many opportunities for a PHD not from UK/US?

<t>You won't know whether you sit at the bottom unless you send a lot of resumes. I think you'll find something good if you actively apply. If you're not doing anything at the moment then I would say you should get a postdoc and work with someone who also does math-finance. And not just anywhere in ...
by HyperGeometric
June 2nd, 2010, 3:46 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: quant jobs for Ivy League undergraduate?
Replies: 18
Views: 31702

quant jobs for Ivy League undergraduate?

<t>First of all, quant is a wide term. Secondly, there are many 'quants' with undergrad only. Rusti's question is quite relevant : are you doing an internship at the moment and if not, why not? You should apply for analyst programs in fall and once you're in a bank, you can always show your interest...
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