QuoteOriginally posted by: thexyzMy idea was when Im not in IB(i.e. now) brush up my Maths and get ready with a good foundation.Foundation is probably not a useful way of looking at it. If you have done calculus, then you have enough foundation to do something useful. The next question then becomes which set of maths do you want to study, and maths that are useful in one field can be utterly useless in another. Someone who is a whiz at stochastic differential equations and be totally useless at statistics and vice versa.QuoteAlso probably that I don't like a short-cut and finding myself incompetent when Im actually in the job. Anyway, I appreciate 3-4 yrs is longerIt's unlikely that you'd find yourself mathematically incompetent on the job. Math is such an easy thing to test for that if you are incompetent in some required skill, you won't get the job. Also the name of the game is not how much you know, but how quickly you can learn.QuoteOther thing is, MSc/PhD or equivalent in numerical subject seems to be a MUST for getting into a quant role.It depends how you define quant. I know a lot of people doing quantish things that have masters in computer science with lots and lots of developer experience. Also, the Ph.D. doesn't mean that you know anything about a particular topic. For example, in my Ph.D. I learned a lot about numerical simulations of PDE's, and nothing at all about statistics or SDE's. It so happens that in the particular thing that I was hired for, that was "good enough."QuoteHow can I do it if at ll I want to do it; a Maths degree may help in this aspect.I don't think it will, really. If you were an undergraduate with no experience, then sure a masters degree in math would be useful. But you have cards to play that they don't. If you have a good reason to throw away all of your cards, and get new ones, that's fine, but it makes things much tougher for you.QuoteThanks for your sharing your late entry into quant. Could you please share your journey into it a bit more - your qualification, the effort you put in etc. Will be interested to hear more similar stories.Curiously, the most difficult part for me in moving into QF had nothing to do with technical skills. The two things that were big challenges were 1) deciding to move to NYC and 2) learning sales and marketing (i.e. how to sell myself). 2) I was able to learn by watching salesmen. Everyone is different, and the real barriers for everyone are something different. The problem with "getting another degree" is that it often doesn't address the real skill deficiency. For example, I get very nervous calling talking on the phone with people I don't know, this is true for most people. Working on that was much more important than anything about SDE's. The other two things that I had to work on were 1) learning bond jargon (i.e. what was a duration, convexity) and 2) C++ templates. SDE's were fun to study, but I don't think anyone ever asked me about them on an interview. A lot of this had to do with good headhunters. Since I wasn't the world's expert in SDE's, the HH's just didn't put me up for jobs where I had to be the world's expert on SDE's.You can start with the question "what do you really want?" You don't have to tell anyone, and if you've really figured it out, you probably don't want to tell anyone. But if you don't know what you are really after, then it makes it much harder to get it. If your main goal is just to work in an investment bank, that's easy, you aren't going to have any problem at all getting a job in an IB. Now it may be an awful job without money, status, respect, excitement, leisure, career advancement, or anything else you want, but if your goal is just to work in an IB, that's easy. If your goal is to make huge amounts of money working in an IB, that's much, much harder.QuotePS: like I requested earlier if someone can suggest the books/course/certification for a perfect FOUNDATION for Maths that makes me reasonably confident to go for courses like CQF or similar, that will be really helpful.One thing to think about is that if you don't have the confidence to go after something, then reading another book or getting another degree is not going to help. One of the things that I find fun about banking in quantitative finance is that I'm constantly in situations where I am completely and utterly incompetent. One that helped me greatly in getting a job is that I react well in situations where I am completely and utterly incompetent. My first job interview in QF, was one in which I totally self-destructed, and the reviewers gave me harsh, scathing, and correct feedback on my total lack of competence. So I bought a ton of books, and started fixing those gaps. It was fun getting beaten up like that. However, the cool thing is that once you learning enough not to get beaten up on a job interview, the bar moves.The really cool situations are those in which not only do I have no idea WTF is going on, but *no one* has any clue WTF is going on. Personally, I find those situations fun and exciting, especially since there are money and prizes, if you do become competent in something that you were incompetent in before. Even the sheer terror and stress that comes with those situations gives me something of a rush. But that's me. If you can't tolerate jobs in which your utter incompetence and lack of skill isn't hitting you in the face on a daily basis, that eliminates a very large set of jobs in banking. The reason this is relevant is that if the basic issue is confidence, then more education is going to make your situation worse. The more you know, the more likely it is that you will meet people that know even more than you do, and the more you will be confronted with things that you don't know. The more you know, the less you know.