Hi,I am looking for advice but couldn't find topics about a situation similar to mine, so I'll ask here:My situationMy wife works for a bank. She's not in quantitative finance, but her career is going to make us live in the same places as if she were. Therefore, for me to cope with her geographical mobility, I am considering joining the financial industry too. I would like to know what the next step would be for me to prepare and make it happen.My backgroundI am 33. I graduated 10 years ago from a French "école d'ingénieurs" (Mines Paris) with a strong background in maths (stats, algebra, proba) among other things. Since graduation, I have worked in R&D in maths & programming, first in HPC for an oil & gas major, now for a start-up in artificial intelligence. Over these years, my daily job has been research work, data analysis, modelling and prototyping. I have constantly worked in teams of multidisciplinary people from MIT, Ecole Polytechnique or their equivalent, at the interface of business (not too academic), maths and computer science. I love that environment and want to keep it that way.I have been considering moving to Finance for a bit more than 6 months now. I first tested the water with John Hull's book before going through Koralov and Sinai "Theory of Probability and Random Processes", more challenging but still OK. All that to say that I am comfortable diving into financial maths. I even enjoyed the exercises. If you have other books or "tests" more in line with that QF maths are today, please let me know.On the programming side, I like programming. I am decent in Python, Fortran, C/C++ with a background in HPC and science. I can push some code pretty far in the context of my work, but of course, I know my limitations and I have always been able to rely on dedicated talented experts to turn prototypes into optimized and industrialized software. And, to be honest, I am more than fine with that. I can spend my time and energy on the high level business side of software (data, maths, model, prototype) and let the real geeks do their magic with compiling hacks.Finally, I am pretty much industry agnostic. I was recruited by a friend in Oil & Gas before I had time to hesitate with other career paths. The same happened when I joined my current company. And the discussions with a few friends working in the industry make me comfortable trying the move into Finance. (They also shared their own pieces of advice, including getting a few more from outsiders).QuestionsNow, my questions are:- did I miss any question that I should ask myself before starting the move ?- is my profile worth anything in Finance ? (I can send you my resume if you need specifics)- how could I improve it in the next 6 months ?- what next step would you recommend to make the transition happen ?
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