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.

Comments (4)

Feb 11, 2019

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

You're welcome.

Feb 13, 2019

A lot of prop-shops have an automatic screening process that is open to every applicant, so you can definitely get some interviews. That's if you are fast enough at mental math and comfortable enough with probability and statistics. Given your background, maybe check out quant research too. That might be more up your alley than quant trading.

Feb 18, 2019

With your background, you should have an easy time at least getting the initial interview. Look for quantitative research as it is essentially just data science. The ML will be very useful as well.