Jobs as quantitative analyst on wall street

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by artieboy, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. artieboy


    Out of curiousity, my cousin finished a masters from columbia university in mathematics........ Finished last April 2009.
    Still looking for work.

    How hard would it be for him to get a job?
    Mind you he has a 3.94 (i think it was ) but no work experience whatsoever.....

    he's also open to being an actuary
  2. heech


    That diploma should get him some credibility, at least get him through the door for interviews. But my (limited) experience is that no one will be interested in him for his mathematical domain knowledge. If he's as "sharp" as he is book smart, though, then he should do well.

    I would certainly give a firm like DE Shaw a shot. (David Shaw is a former Columbia CS professor.) You don't need to go through an on-campus recruiting event... just cold call them with a resume, and see what happens. Worked for me, back in the day.
  3. I heard Jim Simons pays math teachers up to $76,000 a year through his program in NYC... maybe he could try teaching.
  4. these days need a PhD.
  5. You should rather ask it is hard for him to get fired?
    If it is, he will.

    Maybe he can make analysis so vague that he can't be proved wrong.