PhD in Math - Made a huge mistake. BB -> HF
Forgive me. English is to my first language.
I was super stupid. I ended up getting a "quant" role at a bank in the UK. It starts in the summer and I have some flexibility about which desk I'll be put on. I have a PhD in Math from a very good university in Paris. I wanted to move to London. So I thought I should become a quant as I spent some time in a bank in-between Masters and PhD and enjoyed it. I enjoy programming and math.
The reason I was stupid was I thought that all "quant" roles were essentially the same. Obviously, reading this forum has made me realise that was incorrect.
I want to discuss three options I am thinking about in the future.
Option 1) is to go to aand try to be a quant there. How feasible is this? What are the best things to do in a to make this option as likely as possible?
Option 2) is to stay as a quant type role in a bank. Quant research is quite fun. What does a career look like in the option? From those who have, should I try and become a trader? Should I stay in a QR role?
Option 3) is to stay in a BB and become more "corporate". Essentially become a manager of people etc. How does one progress from a Quant type role to head of FX for example? I've realised a lot of the big bosses at banks tend to have MBAs and such. Does this mean that quants typically don't progress much to these roles? Is it normally the folks in IB like M&A?
Thank you for reading.