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by ronwise
November 3rd, 2011, 6:39 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Quant finance is 3-5 years
Replies: 26
Views: 20353

Quant finance is 3-5 years

when someone writes papers being MSc or PhD student - he ALWAYS has a supervisor who actually tells him what to do. The point of having PhD and doing science is to supervise yourself. It is really stuped to think that MSc or PhD student can actually do scence alone.
by ronwise
February 17th, 2011, 6:52 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Quant now or after postdoc?
Replies: 6
Views: 24024

Quant now or after postdoc?

<t>Have been there. It is much better now for juniors then for example 1-2 years ago but still a lot of things should come out together for you to secure a job. I would recommend to take a postdoc offer but try to shift the starting date for a couple of months and continue looking for a job. Postdoc...
by ronwise
February 10th, 2011, 7:34 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: FO quant, 27, now what?
Replies: 7
Views: 23920

FO quant, 27, now what?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: phil451QuoteWhatever gave you the impression that girls would be interested in nerds, leave alone models. I was sitting on the bus last night on the way back to London Bridge and there was some nerdy looking young Englishman with a hot looking Russian girl who had her t...
by ronwise
January 22nd, 2011, 10:22 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Doing research as a front office quant
Replies: 16
Views: 23081

Doing research as a front office quant

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: CosteanuIn my case I would say roughly zero. My boss once told me that one thing I did would qualify as an MPU. MPU, for those in the know, means minimum publishing unit. I tend to think it's about 0.5 MPU's.I did some research on my own time though. I think as a FO qua...
by ronwise
January 22nd, 2011, 4:32 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Market risk management
Replies: 12
Views: 22947

Market risk management

<t>There is a big difference between market risk quants and market risk managers! The last ones (that is what the original post is about as I assume) dont do any models and dont test/check them at all - that is the job of model validation guys. The market risk quants do the models for market risk ma...
by ronwise
January 22nd, 2011, 7:36 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Market risk management
Replies: 12
Views: 22947

Market risk management

DevonFangs, could you explain what particular "stupid" you found in my comment? I described the job as it is with no intention to disregard it at all.
by ronwise
January 21st, 2011, 6:46 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Market risk management
Replies: 12
Views: 22947

Market risk management

typical back-office job. You'll be most likely sitting somewhere far-far away from trading floor talking to traders on the phone at best. All the quant stuff is most likely be restricted to using already developed market risk tools (xls spreadsheets)
by ronwise
January 16th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How to recruit a student for a PhD?
Replies: 18
Views: 24800

How to recruit a student for a PhD?

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: frenchXThanks a lot for your advices -so we will prepare some sexy posters on the topics which will be diffused for US universities. -posting PhD adds on the links of Alan-on May we will go to CLEO in Baltimore and then we will spread the info we are recruiting.in UK th...
by ronwise
January 16th, 2011, 10:38 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Confused engineer standing on a cross road with heavy fog need light
Replies: 1
Views: 21689

Confused engineer standing on a cross road with heavy fog need light

Try consultancy companies first (McKinsey etc), if it does not work out try to persuade your boss to sponsor your MBA. Otherwise the common way to change career is to enroll on MBA/PhD depending on what sort of finance you have in mind.
by ronwise
December 23rd, 2010, 11:44 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: PhD is a waste of time
Replies: 69
Views: 32888

PhD is a waste of time

<t>QuoteQuoteOriginally posted by: TinManQuoteOriginally posted by: ronwiseQuoteOriginally posted by: TinManQuoteOriginally posted by: mynetselfIf you go for a PhD, on the other hand, you get paid as opposed to paying. Sure, it's not a lot, but the difference is *massive*.What about 3-4 years forego...
by ronwise
December 23rd, 2010, 10:26 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: PhD is a waste of time
Replies: 69
Views: 32888

PhD is a waste of time

QuoteOriginally posted by: katastrofaHmm, I did a PhD but I can't say I know how to do proper research ;-)here a proper postdoc experience comes to play ))
by ronwise
December 23rd, 2010, 10:24 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: PhD is a waste of time
Replies: 69
Views: 32888

PhD is a waste of time

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: TinManQuoteOriginally posted by: mynetselfIf you go for a PhD, on the other hand, you get paid as opposed to paying. Sure, it's not a lot, but the difference is *massive*.What about 3-4 years foregone earnings?assuming you could get a quant job without PhD (very strong ...
by ronwise
December 13th, 2010, 2:31 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business
Replies: 214
Views: 55863

Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business

<t>Quote I should point out that the reason people hire physics Ph.D.'s is that they can learn math quickly. For example, most of oil and gas involves algebra, so you can give a book on petroleum exploration to someone with a physics Ph.D. and within two weeks they can know enough to be able to be u...
by ronwise
December 12th, 2010, 9:55 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business
Replies: 214
Views: 55863

Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnQuoteOriginally posted by: ronwiseQuote...What about nano technology,? these must be a lot you can do there with PDE/FEM??"Nano" basically means "discontinuity", i.e. continuous approach usually breaks down at nano-level. PDF/FEM in general applies to continuo...
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