Hey everyone, long time lurker and occasional commenter, decided i needed to ask a question of my own. I have always been extremely fascinated with the stock market ever since i was a kid, and studied finance in college (non target in the south, more well known forthan placing on wall street). Unfortunately, i was not able to break into sales and out of college, 2014 was a bad year for commodities and none of the big guys were taking much of a risk on hiring classes of new traders. But, i was still fortunate to return to the company i interned with during my junior year of college (very large asset manager, a step below Vanguard and but top 20 in Assets under Management)
Im currently workingin an accounting role. While Back office is not the ideal role one has graduating from school, its been a great experience learning the ins and outs of the business, and getting to be on ad hoc projects for senior management. Also, its been nice getting to interact with a few portfolio managers and pick their brain on what kind of thought process they have when picking stocks for their respective mutual funds.
In recent years, we've all probably noticed that technology has transformed the way finance works. Ive realized this in only the 3 years ive been empolyed. And i kind of want to use that to my advantage for my long term future. I am currently a post bac student taking math classes to eventually qualify to apply to some full time quant programs around the country. Ideal places would be Georgia Tech, Washington, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, RPI, or UT. Goal after that would be to break into S&T somewhere, or work for my current employer in a more risk/quant role for our mutual funds and etfs.
With all that being said, do any of you currently have experience in the quant realm of finance? Do you think the future looks promising for aspiring quants as myself, or would you recommend going to a different field? Would you say that you enjoy your life as a quant, or do you wish you had been able to go down a different path? I'm sorry for the long post, thanks again for any and all advice thats received.