Q&A: Non-Target School to Portfolio Manager at a Top Hedge Fund – 6 Years Out of Undergrad
Hello Fellow Monkeys,
For some background, I've been a member of the WSO community for years. Wasn't always the most active poster but, like for many others, WSO served as an immensely helpful source of information for me throughout undergrad. Especially coming from a non-target school, with a mediocre GPA, and no prior contacts in the industry, I specifically found the Q&A/AMA posts to be quite eye opening.
Now ~6 years removed from college, I figured that it may be worth hosting my own Q&A/AMA under a new username as a way to pay it forward. Happy to answer any and all questions as it relates to how I was able to break into the , what I learned along the way, what the day to day looks like as a portfolio manager, how I think about managing risk, and/or anything in between.
Whether you're someone who's in the same or similar position as I was coming out of school, someone already in the industry looking to land a markets-based role, and/or someone simply just in search of some inspiration, I hope you guys find this Q&A as useful as I used to find them when I was on the other side of the interview table.
Please ask away!
- Portfolio Manager at one of the top global macro hedge funds in the world. Specialize in discretionary and systematic interest rate strategies.
- Youngest hedge fund portfolio manager globally at one of the industry's top asset managers.
- Started as a buy side desk analyst out of undergrad at a structured products hedge fund before lateraling into trading. Eventually made the jump from trading to a portfolio manager running their own sleeve/pod of capital at a large blue chip global macro hedge fund.
- Self-taught programmer. Languages include Python, SQL, and VBA.
- Top 50 Non-Target School, Class of 2015. First generation American with no prior contacts in the industry.
Want to work with me? Check out my profile here.