Do you think it probable that a grad student (ms) in applied stats from a non-elite university can get a job on Wall ST.? Background= - relatively young and American, -smart and quantitative but not "Jim Simons" smart, - only experience in finance is a recent equity research internship with a (small) hedge fund in Tx, - only trading experience a single transaction in Alcoa, bought in middle single digits in 2009 (when you couldn't miss) and sold in low teens, - disaffected undergrad econ student (not convinced econ can even be considered a science) I'm interested in learning fixed-income, energy (e.g.electricity) and commodity markets. Is one kind of math better as preparation than another for this type of work, e.g. real analysis vs applied math? I don't have time for both. Should I even think about working for a Wall St. firm given that I'm not at an elite university? Thanks.