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by liam
January 30th, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Master's in Finance vs Mathematical Finance vs Computer Science
Replies: 20
Views: 5815

Master's in Finance vs Mathematical Finance vs Computer Science

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnI agree. A reality check - given the current economic climate - is probably needed. There is no a-priori reason why a degree in anything is a guarantee for a job these days. All these trends are well-known but candidates seem to be oblivious to them for some r...
by liam
January 30th, 2016, 12:46 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Master's in Finance vs Mathematical Finance vs Computer Science
Replies: 20
Views: 5815

Master's in Finance vs Mathematical Finance vs Computer Science

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: katastrofaDoesn't it look bad in general when a person with a PhD in mathematics needs to do another degree to find a job in finance? Not to mention with a PhD in maths one can work in more interesting fields. Oh, the mythical bonuses, I see...I suspect this is more lik...
by liam
December 9th, 2015, 1:50 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: When to start looking for quant jobs
Replies: 3
Views: 3762

When to start looking for quant jobs

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: AlanI'd say wait until you've successfully defended your dissertation and the pressure's off.I second this. This was advice given to me by a housemate as I was finishing my MSc - he'd just finished a CS PhD, subsequently joined IBM, and seen quite a few classmates wind ...
by liam
November 25th, 2015, 9:27 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: To PhD or not to PhD when you are 30
Replies: 27
Views: 9633

To PhD or not to PhD when you are 30

Haven't been on the forums in a while, great to hear it worked out. The PhD thing really annoyed me intensely when I left uni, so I probably know how relieved you must be.
by liam
October 27th, 2015, 7:11 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Talking to Headhunters
Replies: 6
Views: 4869

Talking to Headhunters

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: PL1Hi,I am a PhD student in a top CS school in the US. I am planning to join a quantitative trading firm once I graduate (in about a year).I have recently been contacted (through LinkedIn) by two headhunters (one American and one European) to discuss job opportunities i...
by liam
October 13th, 2015, 7:50 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: To PhD or not to PhD when you are 30
Replies: 27
Views: 9633

To PhD or not to PhD when you are 30

<t>Doing a PhD "for a job" isn't a good idea, even if it's a place like Herriot Watt in Edinburgh (which I suspect it is). I'll mainly echo what the others say - yes, PhDs tend to get quant roles but it's about the preparation and thought they have put into it that would have gotten them the roles. ...
by liam
September 27th, 2015, 1:34 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Looking at Europe: Germany, Switzerland and the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 5803

Looking at Europe: Germany, Switzerland and the UK

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: TehRaioQuoteOriginally posted by: mtsmI meant greater NYC...I am not even considering france... I can't imagine anything going there.<URL url="http://www.indeed.fr/emplois?q=ingenieur+financier&l=http://www.indeed.fr/emplois?q=analyste+quantitatif&l=there"><LINK...
by liam
September 10th, 2015, 6:50 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Advice about getting into quant-style roles
Replies: 17
Views: 6214

Advice about getting into quant-style roles

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: MattFThe best way is to do a Masters in Finance at a good school ...Of course I appreciate that may be very difficult. It's not that you acquire information you couldn't otherwise get, it's more that you now look like the sort of person they should be hiring and you can...
by liam
September 5th, 2015, 10:19 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Advice about getting into quant-style roles
Replies: 17
Views: 6214

Advice about getting into quant-style roles

<t>The obvious question is are you interviewing the right people?The fact that you used "elevator pitch" sends alarm bells ringing in my ears... I would question if you're actually applying for a quant role. There are ways to improve the situation - eg going through better recruiters and trying to f...
by liam
August 19th, 2015, 11:25 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Hedge fund IT Intern - worth taking?
Replies: 5
Views: 4212

Hedge fund IT Intern - worth taking?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: bearishIt is hard to judge the opportunity cost in terms of your own web development business, but the expected future value arising from doing "grunt work" for a hedge fund strikes me as being far greater than that of networking with people, which sounds like a euphemi...
by liam
July 29th, 2015, 5:20 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Reasonable to Apply for Quant / Bank Jobs?
Replies: 8
Views: 5845

Reasonable to Apply for Quant / Bank Jobs?

<t>Sargera,Personally I don't think you should worry about sounding like a whining baby. I used to preface what I'd say about my role with stuff like that and wound up losing finances and a career over it - reality is instead of sorting it out I fell for people's rubbish about "working with what you...
by liam
July 26th, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: From Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics to a Quant position
Replies: 15
Views: 5358

From Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics to a Quant position

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: Marco72bobwinston: as others have said, you should clarify what you mean by "quant". Otherwise, it's like saying you want to study "mathematics".To the OP - this is key in terms of how you come across, aswell as the other stuff I mentioned.The most annoying thing about ...
by liam
July 26th, 2015, 3:00 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: From Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics to a Quant position
Replies: 15
Views: 5358

From Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics to a Quant position

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: bearishSheesh - you mention a guitar in passing and the whole thread turns into a cacophony of Dutch and Polish garage bands. To OP -- you may have to do a bit more homework and narrow down your question a bit. There are multiple sub-areas of the quant field that are es...
by liam
June 12th, 2015, 2:20 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: I just want to be a structurer...
Replies: 4
Views: 4552

I just want to be a structurer...

<t>For starters you might need to go to a proper finance recruiter, not HR, or simply speak to a structurer so you can make your case. While expertise on quantitative fields can be gotten from doing a PhD, this isn't the case with structuring. I've worked in quantitative finance and more business or...
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