An 18 year old chimp(haha) extremely interested in finance

I am about to choose HKUST for a bachelor's in Quant finance, but before that, I wish to obtain some information about the financial industry. My thoughts are that studying quant finance + (a double major in comp sci) at a bachelor's would allow me to best develop my quantitative/critical thinking side as a strong foundation. However, I suppose I do not particularly enjoy spending all my time sitting behind a desk trying to build models/validate models/full-on research (this is my general stereotype based on what I have read on quant finance jobs); I do also sometimes enjoy being at the forefront negotiating, etc. 


I have an intense passion (cliche, I know) for finance that I transferred from chess (considering that finance appears to be like a huge chess game). Thus, I hope to understand a bit about my prospects (globally) if I were to take quantitative finance at a bachelor's in a HK University. 

  1. How hard would it be for me to get into other areas of finance, such as IB, PE, ER, HF, etc.?

  2. As an HK student, what are my prospects in the US or London? Would I have to make up for geographical/educational background with an MBA?

I think what I am trying to get at is: 

  • How 'flexible' would I be job-wise and growth-wise in the future after taking quantitative finance compared to subjects like economics/finance/business at an undergrad?

  • Based on what you have read, what sort of financial jobs would I fit in?

Any opinion is HIGHLY VALUED, so please be as critical as possible.

Thank you very much in advance!

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Apr 2, 2021 - 1:01pm

I'll first say shorten the post, I didn't and I'm guessing majority of people won't read the whole thing. However upon reading the first bit, you described a passion for Equity Research, AM or the HF industry. Some form of public markets investing anyways... All I can say is lol if you think IBD is anything like Billions. 

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Apr 2, 2021 - 1:16pm

You come across like a kid in this post, try shortening it.

If you study in Hong Kong you can forget working in the US or London.

"Would the Chinese market be of any interest great interest to me?" - this you can only answer yourself.

"How likely would it be for quantitative finance students to get into things like corporate finance?" - stupid questions, how many decimal numbers do you want your answer in?

This is really shit posting. 

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