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Posted: 2012-10-18 14:28
First of all I just want to say hi since this is my first post here.

I'm currently studying a MSc in engineering mathematics (spec. in financial modelling) in a nordic country. Here is a little sample of relevant courses I'm planning on taking:

Financial Valuation and Risk Management
Probability Theory
Time Series Analysis
Valuation of Derivative Assets
Financial Statistics

Now, Im very interested in maths but I've concluded that I don't wan't an academic career. I could consider taking a ph.d in maths (for its own sake) but after that I probably would want to get outside of the university. I was wondering how far my MSc could take me in the "quant-world"? My main goal is to have a job that involves at least som degree of mathematics (master/advanced level), since that's what I'm really interested in.

I'm sorry if my question is a little bit diffuse and if I've let out any relevant information. In that case, I'll try to fill in the gaps as you mention them. Also, please excuse any linguistic mistakes as English is my third language.


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Posted: 2012-10-19 03:52
Hardly matters which courses you take, the people I've interviewed I barely cared about their studies, what matters is your knowhow and how well you can articulate it. Might be used as some kind of screening by HR but realistically they won't know the difference between most of those courses.

Only do a PHD if you are determined to do a PHD out of interest in the topic otherwise you are most likely to flunk out and not finish it and would just be better off doing something else.

Also as someone who hasn't been in the "quant-world" for long I can tell you that you don't know anything about quants (as did I when I was in your situation) so your first step should be to read Mark Joshi's now semi dated pdf on the topic of quants and this tome of a book that will tell you things no one bothers telling me before entering the market:

On average quants tend not to have English as a native language, apologizing for it prior to anyone complaining about it has no point, it just makes you look like you don't have full faith in yourself.


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Posted: 2013-12-23 06:26
Hansi: On average quants tend not to have English as a native language

Without using stereotypes, can you explain this?


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Posted: 2013-12-23 14:31
Just my anecdotal experience, most likely only applicable to London though, might well be different in the states. Our team has more people that are not native English speakers than the opposite. Same has been what I've seen from sell side teams that have come for a visit presenting stuff and in conferences I've attended.


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Posted: 2013-12-23 14:38
probably because because the number of persons with english as native language is smaller than otherwise?
therefore the a priori proba to get more non native than native in any group will be rather high.
(obv. not in groups defined as function of being native....)

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