5.08.2005

TIP: Ancient reasons why career change fails

As ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu would put it: "If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." Or as the Greek philosopher Socrates would say, "Know thyself". It might not be the newest idea, but it seems that many of Quantitative Analyst wanna-be still don't do it. If you can't be honest with yourself about what you expect to get from your next career move, how can your headhunter ever get it right?

First of all, become familiar with Wall Street. Know the difference between Sell side and Buy side. Learn what's Front Office, Middle Office, and Back Office. Get in touch with industry insiders and really learn what individuals do there. Ask a ton of questions.

Then try to see where you fits. What's your unique strength? Do you want to work directly with traders? Do you mind the creazy hours?

Know thyself, so that when you finally get into an interview or in the position to speak with someone who can give you an interview, you don't sound like an idiot. Or worse, take up a job in the Back Office when your dream job is to work directly with traders.

Category: C++ Quant > Land the Job You Want

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