I am lucky enough to have received offers at both firms, both nyc and generalist programs for summer. A little about me:
I want to be a trader, but I don't study math. I do however have a strong econ/finance background and am quick with mental math. Thus, it seems to me the Jef route would be the best way to win a FT offer for a, while a trading offer would be tougher to secure since fixed income attracts more quant applicants. However, I do worry that equity products will be marginalized more in coming years than fixed income (or is this just true with cash equities? I do find derivatives fascinating). Both firms seem to be growing their platforms.
Also, I really do not want to do sales. I can schmooze well, but as a long-term career I know the Willy Loman syndrome would get to me. I need to feel I am utilizing my brain and not just showing people a good time -- trading seems more about decision making and making calls and I like that a lot. I enjoy macro econ, analyzing global politics, and arriving at contrarian conclusions. Currently learning VBA.