Getting into quantitative trading after 1.5 years as a data scientist

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Hi everyone, the title is pretty self explanatory but I will try to elaborate a bit.
After a degree in Physics from Oxbridge (above average results but nothing crazy) and an MSc in ML from another top UK institution (top 5% in this one), I joined a startup as a data scientist and have been working there for the past year and a half. This company's field is quite unusual and have enjoyed lots of responsibility and some tangible successes, but honestly I miss maths, pure problem solving and work that's more intellectually challenging. I am thus wondering whether I would have a shot at trading jobs at Jane Street, Optiver, IMC etc. My main concern would be getting invited for an interview, as I understand after this point it would be purely a matter of technical competence, and I'd rather not spend too much time preparing for them if there's a small chance of getting to this stage. The only company that explicitly specifies a maximum number of years of work experience (3) is Flow Traders, while IMC seems to imply they would hire only current students. Do you have any advice for someone in my position?

Thank you for your help.

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Comments (2)

Feb 11, 2019

Hi Varys, the silence is deafening, sorry about that.... Any of the threads below helpful?

You're welcome.

Feb 13, 2019