I'm a software engineer who used to work on Wall Street in equity research. My background encompasses both finance and computer programming. My first job out of undergrad was at an investment bank in New York City, but I have since moved into more technical roles and now live in Indiana and write code for a living. Feel free to ask me anything. I can probably give you good insights into what it's like to work in different roles and industries, and share job search strategies that worked for me.
Purdue University West Lafayette - Computer Information Systems A.S.
Indiana University Bloomington - Finance B.S.
Past Work Experience
Sell side equity research associate. During the 2008 financial crisis I was working at a boutique investment bank in New York and covered the healthcare IT sector. Typical duties were writing brief research reports on our coverage space of 12-15 companies, learning about the companies by talking to the executive team, aggregating investor publications, and building financial models.
Corporate finance. In Chicago, I worked at a large healthcare systems vendor in their corporate finance department. My role involved auditing multi-million dollar contracts for revenue recognition related events.
Day Trader. In 2014 I tried out day trading full time, but it didn't work out. I still actively engage the stock market as a swing trader, using a little bit of fundamental analysis, but mostly technical analysis.
Other Cool Things
CFA Level 3 candidate (but I don't plan to continue)
I recently made a website ustreasuryyieldcurve.com as a tool for studying interest rates.
Member @greenspud graduated from undergrad right during the height of the Great Recession in 2008. Learn how he was able to land an equity research position at an investment bank, what he did when things went south and how he was able to pivot to a new career as a software developer. He explains his stint trading for himself and how he was able to make a quick $10,000 but that the psychology behind trading lead him down a dangerous path. Some very important lessons about culture and timing in this episode.