Q&A: What's the best way to go from an OO developer to...

...to a Quant developer?

It's the age-old Chicken and Egg dilemma: you want a job but you need experience, and you can't get experience without a job. It's probably more practical to change career path in multiple steps. For example,

If you are currently working in other industries, get a programming job on Wall Street first. Many financial programming jobs require no or minimal financial experience, so it shouldn't be to hard if you are good at what you do (ie. C++, Oracle). If you happen to work in a quantitative field (but not Finance related), make sure to show how these experience can be beneficial to your future employer - some people appreciate a fresh view from a different industry (ie. new blood).

If you are working on Wall Street already, get a job closer to Quants - one that gives you access to them. The key is to gain some exposure to how they work, what they need and how you can fit into that picture. Plus internal transfers are encouraged at most banks.

Getting certifications such as CFA & Series 7 can be of great help as well.

Category: C++ Quant

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