Break into -> Quant Dev

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Nov 6 4 Comments

Starting next year, I'd like to work as a SWE/Quant developer at a Hedge Fund/Prop Shop.

I'd like to work in this industry because it seems like there are more interesting problems than what I currently work on, and I would like to maybe in the future try to get a masters in Financial Engineering, for which I imagine a role at a financial institution would look great (and obviously tc $$$$, I know where we are)

I'm currently SWE at Facebook (about 8 months into it, fresh out of school), and got a CS degree from an ivy league school (although with pretty poor grades).

What should I do to make myself look as appealing as possible for firms like Citadel, 2S, JS, HRT, Jump Trading, Optiver, etc.

The only thing I can think of at the moment is
1. Do well in some Kaggle competitions, put it on resume
2. Get references before applying

What else could I do to make my resume look more attractive over the course of 3-6 months for these places? Cheers

Yoe: <1
tc: 155


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TOP 4 Comments
  • Google hypms
    You need to be super good at math master or not. HFT cares a lot about your school (well nowadays they’re extending their feeder school lists, I know Citadel and JS are doing it) Also they don’t really care that much for referrals.
    Nov 6 1
    • Rubrik xVQT18
      Op wants to be a quant dev, not a quant. Math isn't too important; just knowledge of college-level stats and probability is sufficient.
      Nov 6
  • Citadel Securities bluetiger
    Agree with other posters that a MSFE is not helpful for getting a position at these firms, and likely is going to be a step down as far as prestige. Best thing to do is prepare for interviews and try to get referral - since you’re basically new grad, academics and school is going to play a role in getting an interview
    Nov 6 0
  • Google Strawbеrry
    Ivy League CS -> MS financial eng is a downgrade in terms of prestige, which matters when you are applying to firms that try to maintain a public image of prestigiousness to attract prestige-seeking applicants. It is the equivalent of MS in data science for tech.

    Aside, which office are you in where FB pays only $155k TC for SWE?
    Nov 6 0


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