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by GiusCo
October 10th, 2010, 4:32 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: let me give you young people a tip about work: it's not worth it
Replies: 78
Views: 31331

let me give you young people a tip about work: it's not worth it

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: farmerQuoteOriginally posted by: mrmisterFarmer, do you grow weed? No, I have a multi-billion-dollar food stamp recycling program. We pay homeless people 10 cents each to collect cash receipts from grocery store trash bins. We have mailmen recruit people to sign up for ...
by GiusCo
October 8th, 2010, 2:42 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: BSs in Math ,completed in 6 years
Replies: 8
Views: 23713

BSs in Math ,completed in 6 years

<t>I also think it is unfair to slash OP. You all know that the motivation for many being here & looking for advice is money. It is casino-like money, that is chips for gambling bought by the taxpayer money.You also know that people do not need to be much more larger than your neighbour working ...
by GiusCo
October 1st, 2010, 4:34 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Quants : C++ vs. C#
Replies: 72
Views: 36466

Quants : C++ vs. C#

<t>My background is science, I used numerical analysis for several problems (evacuation networks, wind turbines, particle physics, fracture mechanics, pollutants dispersion). Being in my late 30s I still consider Fortran my best friend for number crunching. The internet revolution has given access t...
by GiusCo
September 28th, 2010, 2:01 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Job Search Strategy : Need advice
Replies: 14
Views: 24403

Job Search Strategy : Need advice

<t>My two cents as someone lurking for a position in energy quantitative analysis / research (got 4 different interviews in three of months plus one offer, which I turned down):1- find a hook working well for your profile ("recent EECS PhD grad" --> "algo trading" could be one) and which you may rea...
by GiusCo
September 25th, 2010, 3:12 am
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: MATLAB v Mathematica (as a purchase)
Replies: 78
Views: 40672

MATLAB v Mathematica (as a purchase)

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnWhat about VBA? And this 750 page book by Nick Webber does it step-by-step and is very clear.The price differential in packages can be steep. And VBA works with Excel.Thanks a lot, that book is really going to sort my IT issues in the field neatly. Just preord...
by GiusCo
September 21st, 2010, 3:54 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Genius working for DE Shaw
Replies: 320
Views: 125515

Genius working for DE Shaw

<t>mmm I don't take such a mechanistic approach ... if I did, I should say that Usain Bolt is a geniusbut he isn't, he simply got a very good genes package, the one you are summoning as "perfect" genius thinks abstract from concrete, such as... applicative... see a fire AND use it for cookingin ever...
by GiusCo
September 20th, 2010, 9:04 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Genius working for DE Shaw
Replies: 320
Views: 125515

Genius working for DE Shaw

<t>I'm not sure I understand properly if you are trying a definition for "genius", "logically/math gifted" or just "gut instinct".Technically speaking, a "genius" can be measured, compared with peers. But on the broader sense, a "genius" is rarely understood in his/her time: this sort of people gene...
by GiusCo
September 15th, 2010, 10:21 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Front office requirements
Replies: 51
Views: 27360

Front office requirements

all is forgiven if you make money enough (and share part of the cake) but there are many ways to earn a living by yourself
by GiusCo
August 28th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: consulting vs quantitative finance
Replies: 19
Views: 31335

consulting vs quantitative finance

<t>fundamentally if you are really good you can work as a self-employed and solve others' problems at requestthere is some untold protectionism in the hiring process of the service industry and it is not really possible to have the entire globe as a pool to get your fish (or as a meadow to buy your ...
by GiusCo
August 25th, 2010, 1:06 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Curriculum inflation
Replies: 28
Views: 25947

Curriculum inflation

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: mynetselfArlequant, I'll give you my perspective as a job hunter trying to land his first job in finance. Not strictly from finance but from my own skin on both sides... you should really keep it very short- 1 page CV- prove you can do the daily tasks: scoop them by net...
by GiusCo
August 24th, 2010, 11:56 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Curriculum inflation
Replies: 28
Views: 25947

Curriculum inflation

<t>As a person been on both sides (in the applied research / engineering sector) I admit my preference for introductory tests before a face to face interview.That is: pass the candidate a not too trivial task -the likes he's going to meet daily at work- and ask him to report back in one hour or two....
by GiusCo
August 23rd, 2010, 9:40 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Interviewing company asks for old performance reviews -- Is this normal?
Replies: 17
Views: 26170

Interviewing company asks for old performance reviews -- Is this normal?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DominicConnorDD3, they are obliged to hand over any information that they have, this can get bloody if they claim to have 'lost' it.One bank lost a vast pile of cash because it 'lost' personal information and the courts decided this was on purpose.sounds scarydoes it me...
by GiusCo
August 17th, 2010, 4:18 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: late 30s... finance or research?
Replies: 25
Views: 32548

late 30s... finance or research?

<r>Some good work those months thanks to your wilmotter tips and I've got one interview in London plus one distance Excel test for later this week.Apart of business, best chance in my life to spend a couple of hours in the Poetry Library at Southbank Centre. Keep the good vibe going! <YOUTUBE id="Yb...
by GiusCo
August 9th, 2010, 4:44 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Escape from the risk management ghetto
Replies: 56
Views: 42484

Escape from the risk management ghetto

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: twofishQuoteOriginally posted by: GiusCoFO positions and trading are seen here as the best jobs. I'm sure you experts may answer one simple question (I'm a noob so please excuse me).I have no clue why. If you are reading this group, there is an 90% chance you are going ...
by GiusCo
August 8th, 2010, 12:40 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Escape from the risk management ghetto
Replies: 56
Views: 42484

Escape from the risk management ghetto

<t>FO positions and trading are seen here as the best jobs. I'm sure you experts may answer one simple question (I'm a noob so please excuse me).You may have a profit 29 days out of 30 and nevertheless lose your shirt on the 30th because of tilt, bad day, boredom, incorrect bankroll management or si...
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