I'm 32yo, obtained a Ph.D. from one of the HYP schools in a science field in 2008. I have a BA in math with a minor in finance in 2001. I was thinking of becoming a prof, but I bailed and now I am doing consulting for a sub-MBB in a technical practice.
I'd really like to join a trading firm like SIG -- I am completely mental for poker and play speed chess regularly. I follow the markets, read economics in my spare time (von Mises, etc.) and actually LIKE it -- which is something I CANNOT say about my job. I got into science because ultimately like problem solving, not because I really care about science. In trading and the markets, I see the chance for that daily problem-solving excitement.
I think the pros for me are that I have a solid technical background and enthusiasm. I would fucking kill to get into trading.
The cons are that I have zilch practical market experience and I am old.
Do I have any shot at making the jump? Are there things I can do to shore up my applications? Any other SIG-like firms out there I should consider?