I interned at Amazon and will join Bloomberg as entry-level software engineer. I only have CS master degree but with extensive research experiences (quit my PhD in bioinformatics)
All my previous experiences are actually machine learning/NLP/Data science/quantitative related. Thus my career goal is become machine learning engineer(MLE) in future, that combines my interest in both coding and mathematics. Also I’m super interested in growing my domain knowledge in finance. Won’t rule out the possibility to take part-time degree in financial mathematics.
1. Given my case, what would be the fit team at Bloomberg that involves ML/engineering/finance? Portfolio analytics or optimisation team?
2. I know nowadays it’s hard to get into ML team. Though I could show I had research experiences, I don’t have a PhD, which is the preference of ML recruitment in job market. If I cannot get into desired team, then what should I do? How easy it is to switch team within BBG?
Most teams have tons of data to play with. In your interviews with teams, I would try to get an idea about two aspects of your prospective team:
1. How is work prioritized, assigned, and managed. Is engineering involved in prioritizing, if not then, next team. If the manager can’t point to a well organized board, or a team that can speak to how the work is managed, then, next team.
2. Does the team have some major goal that will dominate the work calendar in the next year. That could be your opportunity to learn the domain enough to solve problems in it, or a sign you will not get to the work you want to do in the time you are willing to wait.
This company is super agile, so switching teams after a year or so is always an option. There are lots of good TL’s out there that will help you grow in your first year. And if not, the homeboys and homegirls you meet in training class are a great litmus test against your situation.
And finally the pitch: Structured Products, BVAL, or Derivatives have a really deep financial domain and tons of data to sink your teeth into.
DM me when you get in the door, and good luck!!!