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sgabel
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June 5th, 2014, 1:16 pm

Hello Everyone. This will be my first post to this forum. I know there have been post asking "I am new blah blah blah...any advice", but I want to ask a different question for the more season quants here. Looking back on your career, what would have done differently?
 
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DevonFangs
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June 5th, 2014, 1:19 pm

hmm try to be a trader instead?
 
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MattF
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June 5th, 2014, 1:32 pm

I would have tried harder to win the lottery of entering the business side (trading or fund management) after university instead of wasting years working in IT. If that wasn't possible, I would have just studied medicine.
 
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June 5th, 2014, 2:02 pm

I should have stayed in academia. The stress was much less and the work was much more interesting and fulfilling and satisfying.
 
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rmax
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June 5th, 2014, 2:24 pm

Spent less time in the OT! More on the more useful parts of the forum
 
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June 5th, 2014, 4:08 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: traderjoe1976I should have stayed in academia. The stress was much less and the work was much more interesting and fulfilling and satisfying.That is funny, I was going to say the exact opposite, that I stayed in academia too long and shold have moved to Wall Street much sooner!
 
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June 5th, 2014, 4:45 pm

I should have been less abrasive.
 
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sgabel
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June 5th, 2014, 5:54 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: riskguruQuoteOriginally posted by: traderjoe1976I should have stayed in academia. The stress was much less and the work was much more interesting and fulfilling and satisfying.That is funny, I was going to say the exact opposite, that I stayed in academia too long and shold have moved to Wall Street much sooner!My ideal career path would be Wall street for a few years then back to academia.
 
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Gamal
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June 5th, 2014, 5:58 pm

Some trades...Everything else perfect.
 
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June 5th, 2014, 6:01 pm

[points to a scar on chest] Should have married Mary Ellen Moffat. She broke my heart.
 
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sgabel
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June 5th, 2014, 6:23 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: Cuchulainn[points to a scar on chest] Should have married Mary Ellen Moffat. She broke my heart.Nice..Jaws quote.
 
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June 5th, 2014, 6:36 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: riskguruQuoteOriginally posted by: traderjoe1976I should have stayed in academia. The stress was much less and the work was much more interesting and fulfilling and satisfying.That is funny, I was going to say the exact opposite, that I stayed in academia too long and shold have moved to Wall Street much sooner!Problem with academia is that they only let you out by degrees.
 
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June 6th, 2014, 3:32 am

Wasted too many years trying to price nonsensical complex derivatives. Should have delved into discovering simple cash trading strategy long time ago...
 
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Sprinter
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June 6th, 2014, 11:20 am

does being on buy side more thrilling as you are trying to outdo the sell side investment bankers' models. you are looking at real world probabilities rather than a pricing no arbitrage setup and you are actually predicting asset prices and modeling to raise pnl rather than worrying on how to hedge unwanted exposure and frequently being on the other side of the market. though sell side math is an art in itself only acquired through experience.
 
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June 6th, 2014, 4:50 pm

Not do an MFE.
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