Is age a serious factor to getting a Quant job in finance?
I was hoping to get some advice from people in the industry. I'm in my last semester of university (In Australia) graduating with a Bachelor of Finance. I am currently going through the process of applying for graduate positions and looking at the different programs I haven't had one clear career I've really wanted.
I have started looking into financial mathematics and I love it. The statistics, regression, how complicated and challenging it all is. I think I really do want a career on the Quantitative, statistical side of finance. I am considering studying a masters degree in financial mathematics, however I am 25 now and will be 28 by the time it finishes with no experience in finance whatsoever which I think companies might feel is very late to be beginning a career compared to 22 year old grads.
I am in a good position to get a graduate job with a bank now so I don't want to miss this opportunity. But if I'd be offered more choices after a masters degree without companies caring that I am 6 or 7 years older than other grads then I think that's what I would like to do.
I know its my choice and all that but just want some real, factual advice about what kind of risk I'd be taking by skipping an opportunity now to go for the masters.
Any help at all might help replenish the hair I've been ripping out over the decision.
Thanks in advance,