QuoteOriginally posted by: kev30I must say I came across a serious obstacle when it comes to becoming a quant... Actually, I never thought that my financial background would become one. To now on I was thinking in terms of "math is only a tool, I must now the mechanisms behind the markets". Even Mr. Wilmott points out in "PW introduces Quantitative Finance" that 99% of finance requires only basic math - know I see he probably meant "Finance" in general and Quant Finance being that one percent (better late than never
). It's a pity that after studying Finance for 2 - 3 years I realized what really interest me and for now there really aren't any perspectives.Looks like all that I have left is still developing my skills in Risk Management (my main interest), Quant Finance etc. but try to use them in other areas of finance, not strictly QF. Any thoughts, advices?Again, thank you so much for all the answers, means a lot
! Looking forward to next ones!Finance is a very broad topic with many distinct ways to make a good living while (arguably, or at least hopefully) making the world a better place. Quant finance, as defined by those of us who do it for a living, is a very narrow slice that calls for mastery of levels of math and related fields that are difficult to achieve if you start out on a traditional finance/accounting path. From a different perspective, there are plenty of people with a PhD in physics, math, engineering, etc. who have tried and failed to make the transition into the quant finance world, for one reason or another, but (I think) mostly because the finance/economics part is more subtle than meets the eye. I would encourage you to focus on the fundamentals and see if you can improve your quant skills around the edges.