Hi all,I recently joined a South East Asian local bank as their quantitative analyst in their market risk department. I was initially filled with excitement by the many perceived opportunities to learn because despite graduating with a BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics from two top 10 (THES) ranked universities, I am not too proficient in programming (limited to coding in Matlab, Maple and Mathematica) or knowledgeable in finance. My time at university was too preoccupied with worrying that I might not make it till the end, which led me to shun many courses thought too difficult, like programming for instance. Anyway, the role seems far less mathematical than the western counterpart and is more about validating other people's work rather than doing our own thing! Thus far I have only been number crunching using Excel and validating data in Murex. I was expected to learn Excel and VBA whilst on the job and will progress to C++ soon which I am very glad to do. Nevertheless, I am slightly disappointed by the role given the lack of mathematics. A colleague of mine was recently doing some maths and it turns out that he was re-deriving a formula used by the front office to make sure that they are valid. Upon further probing, he revealed that this is a rare occurrence as most days will be filled with again, extensive use of Excel for validating numbers, performing Value at Risk matters and etc. Long story cut short, I expect my days to be filled with bland, uninteresting chores which is certainly not what I seek out to achieve for a quant role! At the same time, I am well aware of my shortcomings and knowing that I would probably be no where near securing a quant role in the west, maybe I should rejoice given this less demanding role. If I am to stay on, how will you guys think my career progress? In fact, is this even a quant role? I suspect there might be a slight abuse of terms here. I plan to get an MFE degree after three years but will this be worth it? Everything is so murky right now and to make matters worst, this is my very first proper job and I am all too worried about screwing up my entire career just because I chose the first job wrongly! Thanks for reading and feel free to comment. PS: Apologise for the language. I am too exhausted to even think properly in order to string coherent sentences. Cheers!