Moved from tech to quant finance
I graduated with a CS PhD degree from a well-known US school and went to a big tech company as a researcher/SWE. Stayed there for a few years, and recently made a career change to finance. I've been coding since I was a kid and went to a number of programming competitions, so naturally I was 100% convinced that my path was in the tech industry. But I wasn't very happy with the work lately, I started looking for opportunities elsewhere. I interviewed with quant firms partially out of curiosity, as I knew a few friends who also did programming competitions and went to quant firms. Now I work as a quant researcher in afirm (apologies if I'm sloppy with the terms, still learning about the industry). In school, I was always a math guy among the CS people, and a CS guy among the math people. So yeah, this position feels like a much better fit for me than my past workplace.
I'm curious if anyone else shares similar stories. What triggered your career switch, and how was your experience like?
I'm also happy to share anything I can about my experience in the tech industry (interview prep, career paths, compensation, etc), so long as I don't doxx myself. Just to be clear, I've seen a few tech vs. finance posts here that went out of control, and I'm definitely not trying to do the same here. I'm not going to pretend I know everything about every field, so I'll just stick to what I've seen around personally.