===================================================================================================I posted similar message in student forum by mistake and could not find any way to delete this. I would like to apologize for the duplication of message in two forums. ===================================================================================================Hi,I have recently completed my phd in physics. I was planning to join financial sector after my phd. However, I guess that this may not be the right time. The last interview call I got was in December/January. So, I started looking for alternative which was job in physics.Recently I have been offer a position at Cornell medical school as a postdoc fellow. While I decided to say yes, I got another offer from Argonne National Lab, Chicago. Now, I am in dilemma. I will appreciate advices from all of you.I still want to shift to career in financial sector (equity management, risk management, interest rate modeling et ). At Cornell: Pros: (i) C++ programming, Matlab, Bit of theory and coding, bit of experiment + Bayesian statistics which I simply love... I guess that these skills will be quite transferrable to finance.(ii) I would be in financial hub; so, I may get better chance of interview...just guessing.Cons:(i) Salary is almost peanut compared to my expenses, I will be staying in Manhattan or Roosevelt island which is quite expensive.(ii) My advisor is not well established yet.At Argonne:Pros:(i) I have already worked there, knows many people and have excellent relation with them...(ii) My advisor there will be a very well established guy..(iii) National lab certainly pays better.(iv) Plus, I will have better chance of getting a job as a beamline scientist which will be a good backup option.Cons:(i) I will be using IDL (Interactive data language) for programming... This is not used in finance like C++ or matlab that I will be using at Cornell..
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