Trading Straight Out of CollegeO
I am currently a student in Columbia U. I am studying OR with a concentration is FE. But i will likely drop the FE concentration this year and take other classes such as "Game Theory" intead of "Database Structures" - something i would not be able to do if i were to stay FE concentrated- and spend more time reading (wsj,bloomberg, books etc) and trading my own capital.
This decision came about after this past summer where i got informational interviews wit traders.
I was told that my best chances were in trading CB, fixed income, derivatives and stat arb due to the fact that most equity and event driven traders are brought up from IB.
I would be much appreciate it if some of you could share with me your views/thoughts/knowledge on the following inquiries:
1)Is it possible to go straight into the buy side? if not what would be a normal way of ending up at the buyside assuming i do not plan to IB.
2)Though i will drop the FE concentration, i plan to follow the FE curriculumn almost perfectly apart from 1 or 2 classes. This i hope will allow me to write on my cv that i majored in OR but took the FE track (and not FE concentrated). any thoughts on this?
3) general thoughts/advice?