Q's for Traders-School,Skills & Breaking In.

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Hello all,

I am a senior economics major with goals of possibly pursuing trading in the future.
I am not a super quant and have not taken many math courses. I have a sim account
but besides that no trading experience. My question is what do I have to do to break
in? Ill start at the lowest level doing anything and move anywhere to do it.

I cant see myself doing a MFE but have considered a few MSF programs to see if I
could break in from there. I have had mixed signals from many people, some say a
MSF would be a great degree to have as long as you are not trading exotics. Others
have said you need to be a rocket scientist for trading gigs.

Also, I have thought about Accounting Masters as I have a family member who trades
equity options at a top BB who emphasized these skills. I am just kind of lost in all of
the suggestions and need some straightforward advice regarding my situation. Thanks.

Comments (12)

Feb 20, 2011

do you have any job options lined up?

Feb 20, 2011

I have a few things in limbo but no offers yet.

Feb 20, 2011

What about Tulane's new MENERGY program (energy finance and trading)?

Feb 20, 2011

HAHA Kimbo, I have never thought about it but "MEN'ERGY" might be the best abbreviation for anything ever.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Feb 20, 2011

An MSF program is a good idea as they tend to lead students towards S&T more so than to IB (from my experience). Also going to another school gives you a chance to get on a campus that banks recruit from.

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Feb 20, 2011

I have checked out the program and it looks really good but seems like to much of a limited scope, especially coming right from undergrad. I had been looking at Villanova,Vanderbilt, UVA MA commerce, UT Austin MPA, UIUC MSF and a few others. Im open if anyone has other suggestions just not anything in the MFE/MFIN category please.

Feb 20, 2011
Higheck123:

I have checked out the program and it looks really good but seems like to much of a limited scope, especially coming right from undergrad. I had been looking at Villanova,Vanderbilt, UVA MA commerce, UT Austin MPA, UIUC MSF and a few others. Im open if anyone has other suggestions just not anything in the MFE/MFIN category please.

its set up to be limited

Feb 20, 2011
monty09:
Higheck123:

I have checked out the program and it looks really good but seems like to much of a limited scope, especially coming right from undergrad. I had been looking at Villanova,Vanderbilt, UVA MA commerce, UT Austin MPA, UIUC MSF and a few others. Im open if anyone has other suggestions just not anything in the MFE/MFIN category please.

its set up to be limited

I know, I just did not want such a focused degree before I even have a good grasp
of exactly what I wanted to do as a career. I would no doubt consider this program if
I knew I wanted to get into energy trading.

Feb 20, 2011

network with your family "member?" um, hello?

Feb 20, 2011
Shmoozer:

network with your family "member?" um, hello?

I have but not much has come of it except some advice. We are not close
I just reached out to him on a whim.

Feb 20, 2011

But he can't refer you to other people ? (thats how to effectively network) and then you keep branching out from there.

Feb 20, 2011
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