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by liam
April 27th, 2015, 3:27 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Best undergraduate degrees for quants
Replies: 17
Views: 6248

Best undergraduate degrees for quants

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: OrbitI think Dominic's got it. I would say do what you enjoy, are good at, and can compete well with.You start a degree program that you choose because you think it'll work, but what happens is you are living someone else's idea of what life should be. Not good.I'll sec...
by liam
March 27th, 2015, 12:26 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Changing paths for a mid-career trader
Replies: 12
Views: 5235

Changing paths for a mid-career trader

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: lonestar5slacked, liam - thanks for your responses. Thanks for putting the time to type it up. You are absolutely right about the confidence issue. I am used to seeing my quantitative skills as my main offer when it comes to getting a job. The reality of losing those sk...
by liam
March 22nd, 2015, 9:14 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Leave or Stay
Replies: 35
Views: 10392

Leave or Stay

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DevonFangsQuoteOriginally posted by: overkill112358Are there some typical values for the expectation/stdev of the transition time Associate->VP->D->MD? Clearly, the titles are not unique within banks, but you know what I mean. Would it be fair to say that one could expe...
by liam
March 22nd, 2015, 8:34 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Changing paths for a mid-career trader
Replies: 12
Views: 5235

Changing paths for a mid-career trader

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: slackerReading into your post a little I feel there is a desire to be a quant just for quant's sake. An end in itself rather than a means to an end. These are just support endeavors and not the big picture, unless you happen to end up at a place like twoSigma. I think y...
by liam
January 12th, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Build up Resume to get quant interviews
Replies: 16
Views: 6208

Build up Resume to get quant interviews

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: roundandroundThanks for your thoughts everyone. Your comments and suggestions are much appreciated. I have done multiple big data projects end to end, so that part is covered well. And that's partly a reason why I have been leaning more towards doing a bit of quant fin ...
by liam
January 4th, 2015, 7:58 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Build up Resume to get quant interviews
Replies: 16
Views: 6208

Build up Resume to get quant interviews

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: roundandroundThat is true to some extent, but I do see PhD Physics/Math/CS guys still get these jobs (at least that's what LinkedIn tells me). A few of them do seem to have one or more internship(s), but several of them seem to have got in without one. Just curious as t...
by liam
December 7th, 2014, 1:29 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Undergraduate advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 5713

Undergraduate advice needed

<t>It's QuoteOriginally posted by: ashkarQuoteOriginally posted by: vspI happen to be very interested in programming and being quite good at it. Next year I'll be finishing my B. A. in computer engineering from a reputable university in Portugal and would like to ask you for some advice on what to d...
by liam
December 4th, 2014, 10:11 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Undergraduate advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 5713

Undergraduate advice needed

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnQuoteLondon also has more technology startups than any two whole EU countries put together according to the EU which is not best pleased.Interesting. I also thought they were everywhere except London. But my information is back a few years.Top 7?? QuoteThe Int...
by liam
December 2nd, 2014, 8:06 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Undergraduate advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 5713

Undergraduate advice needed

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DominicConnorLondon also has more technology startups than any two whole EU countries put together according to the EU which is not best pleased. So we have more French people in London tech startups than in France.That's my experience with tech and data science.vsp - a...
by liam
November 3rd, 2014, 5:15 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: hire someone to manage my job search
Replies: 12
Views: 5597

hire someone to manage my job search

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: CommodityQuantI think the idea of an "agent" for a quant job-seeker is an interesting one. I don't think such a concept is currently in place, but there's no reason why it couldn't exist in principle. One problem might be that anyone who'd be a good agent in terms of he...
by liam
August 10th, 2014, 4:49 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: PhD degree for mathematical finance
Replies: 21
Views: 7811

PhD degree for mathematical finance

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: ehQuoteOriginally posted by: GamalmathsAgreedAgreed too. I have yet to come across a mathematician that decided to career change into actuary. It's usually the first job you do out of stupidity, not something you're gagging for.The presumption on this forum whenever thi...
by liam
May 7th, 2014, 8:35 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: US vs UK Master?
Replies: 16
Views: 6507

US vs UK Master?

<t>originally posted by: Jonathan2Thanks all for the reply, especially bearish and Dominic. I'm by no mean to speak quanty (or cocky) by stating the numbers, but it just seems to be that the US MS ususally are linked to the phd programme while the UK ones can usually be viewed as an independent cour...
by liam
April 23rd, 2014, 10:00 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Applying via LinkedIn
Replies: 15
Views: 13581

Applying via LinkedIn

<t>Not sure why I'm adding more to this thread, but perhaps with LinkedIn direct apps good old fashioned chasing up will work. Especially if you're familiar with the job and know what's required, it can help, especially as (as I said below) the direct applications I've seen appear to be old fashione...
by liam
April 22nd, 2014, 10:57 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: MSc graduate looking for advice
Replies: 1
Views: 5241

MSc graduate looking for advice

<t>I did become a quant from MSc, it's not impossible and your MSc topics are up there. Thing is the job I got was probably one of 2 roles that the agency I was dealing with got in the space of 6 months. All the rest were risk roles at banks, something I would have not been suited to. For one quant ...
by liam
April 22nd, 2014, 10:14 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Applying via LinkedIn
Replies: 15
Views: 13581

Applying via LinkedIn

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by BankingAnalystMost of the guys I know who use linkedin are IT guys who want to get promoted to the business - to be a trader etc. However it will never materialise.Probably spot on. I've gotten interviews through LinkedIn, so it's not all bad. But certain career change m...
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