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Koopdeta


Total Posts: 4
Joined: Jun 2019
 
Posted: 2019-06-29 06:00
Hello everyone,

Just a quick question, which field would you enter if you were to start from scratch this day and age?

If it was up to me I'd go into quant finance any day of the week but not sure if it's really worth it due to a lot of talented dogs fighting for an ever-shrinking bone, living in high CoL areas, and other impracticalities.

I've been thinking a lot about cybersecurity which could grow exponentially with upcoming cyber wars and unlike data science still only attracts nerds with poor communication skills - which I believe could me an edge.

Obviously, if you'd still go the finance route, perfectly fine. Might I ask why?

Cheers :)

The Doc


Total Posts: 4
Joined: Jun 2019
 
Posted: 2019-06-29 15:42
Bump!

Finishing my first year in CS i find myself interested in:
1. Venture Capital: I want to aproach this field from a more technical perspective. Today its like Private Equity but for startups. Pure money lending/buyouts, boring stuff.
2. Online transactions: Something big might come out here, but prob not. What do i mean? Well, we have like 3-4 (w/e) payment methods for OT right? OK. What if we only had 1? Too many problems for that to happen though.
3. XAAS: Subscriptions are the future. From OS and CRM to gaming. Cloud will be/is the umbrella. Ill bet my money here. Not that interesting though imo.
4. Genetical Engineering/Body modification: To early to talk about it. In 100 years something interesting might come.

Questions:
1. What do you think about the above? Would like to hear some opinions.
2. What will be the next social platform for the masses? A few years ago we had FB. This shit is dying now. Insta took its place. Whats next? I know. "Only if i knew". The only pattern i found is that every thing that becomes very popular in this space has at least one new feature that the previous thing hadnt.

P.S 1: Its very hard to read some posts in this forum. Too small letters xd.
P.S 2: Me no speak english good :)

rftx713


Total Posts: 106
Joined: May 2016
 
Posted: 2019-06-29 20:10
No offense but it sounds like you're just listing out what's buzzy right now.

1. Venture Capital - this stuff isn't technical unless you're deep in a given industry or area of expertise, which would kind of render your current question pointless. I guess it can be technical from a deal structuring perspective, but I sense that wasn't your question. Correct me if I'm wrong.

2. Online transactions - weren't you just saying there's too many dogs fighting for an ever decreasing bone?

3. "X"aaS - I would disagree. Myself, and many others I've spoken to, are getting fucking tired of having subscriptions forced down our throats. The software companies that are going public off of this model may not realize it, but some of their biggest users are actively working to get rid of them. (Tableau comes to mind...MathWorks... the gaming communities reactions to in-game transactions...) So anyways, I'd take the other side of your bet, particularly if we're talking timeframes that match up with a career.

4. Genetics - what gives you the right to say "it's too early to tell" if you're not an expert in that field?


If you're genuinely talented in the technical aspects of finance, there is much less competition than you might think. But most people don't need really talented number crunchers, they need talented number crunchers with a talented commercial sense. (How many quants that you've met have also, or could, successfully manage a non-technical business for a period of time, convince people to give them money, know how to deal with office politics while still advancing their own career, and/or propose new deals/opportunities to management and go out, get buy in, and get them done?)

Edit: I see you're a 1st year CS student. Your post sounds like you're finding things interesting as they're proposed to you. I'd encourage you to think about what you were interested in before you found out about how rich people were getting, or before you cared all that much about that. I'd encourage you to do the same with thinking about where your genuine talents might be. Then I'd encourage you to think about how the skills you're learning could be combined with those things in an industry, or doing something, that may not have the "prestige" but are things you can actually close your eyes and see yourself doing in the future. That's what I wish I had done 10+ years ago.

Jurassic


Total Posts: 235
Joined: Mar 2018
 
Posted: 2019-06-29 20:48
If you're genuinely talented in the technical aspects of finance, there is much less competition than you might think.

@rftx713 what do you mean by the technical aspects exactly?

Koopdeta


Total Posts: 4
Joined: Jun 2019
 
Posted: 2019-06-29 22:54
I think you're mixing The Doc and me up. But thanks for the advice, I feel like I have been giving my future the thorough analysis you suggest but each time I tihnk I have finally found my career path I find a 1000 reasons why it wouldn't work. Maybe in the end I might as well throw a dart blindfolded and just go for it, or worse become an M&A banker.

The Doc


Total Posts: 4
Joined: Jun 2019
 
Posted: 2019-07-03 21:00
"things you can actually close your eyes and see yourself doing in the future. That's what I wish I had done 10+ years ago."

Yeah. OK. Nice to meet you! Easy to say hard to do. If i already knew i wouldnt be here. I guess i will drop out and commit into beatmaking :)

1. I dont see the current model working with a lot of success though. Making 10 investments and pray at least 1 of those makes you money is so old school. Idk what needs to be done. I just think something else has to happen. Maybe the tech sector is the problem to begin with. Idk.

2. No. Thats an increasing bone.

3. You will remember my words when Windows becomes subscription too.

4. Pointless question sorry. Not the right place to ask something about this.

Thanks a lot for your time @rftx713. Really appreciate your response!!
Anyone else having something to add?

sigterm


Total Posts: 9
Joined: Jul 2017
 
Posted: 2019-07-05 11:10
Data science for me.

@Koopdeta

"each time I tihnk I have finally found my career path I find a 1000 reasons why it wouldn't work"

A meta-answer: your problem is not the 1000 issues in front of you, but you fretting over it like a girl. Go to the gym if you don't already, get good at some competitive sport. You will then avoid decisions based on insecurity (bad ones) and make ones that, while not necessarily good, you will not regret.

The widespread low social skills and common brilliance in cybersecurity means the field does not offer great salaries and yet requires amazing dedication. Only go there if it fits you psychologically. If you're >18 and think this is just a specialisation like any other, that you can pick at your leisure, you may be already too late.

@The Doc

1. Interesting work by my definition is R&D-like, and therefore risky, so you'll never get rid of that. You already have a very destructive mindset for the job. (It does not work the other way though; risky stuff is not necessarily interesting.)

3. Easy, look at what work is available inside Netflix or Google. If you like, go ahead. Who cares about Windows.

4. Genetic modification of plants is done already in many labs around the world. The free and abstract mind of a computer scientist is perhaps not fit for lab work however.

The Doc


Total Posts: 4
Joined: Jun 2019
 
Posted: 2019-07-10 18:10
Thank you @sigterm !!!

1. Why Data Science? Everyone is self-proclaimed as a DS these days. Oversaturation is a thing in this domain imo. There might be a scarce of experienced people that actually know what to do with the data though.
As far as i know, "Cloud" services are booming but this is the present not the future.

2. What do you mean in no3?

P.S I feel like the tech sector is slowing down.
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