IIT Bombay - First Steps to a Successful Career

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Career-Advice for IIT Bombay students. Emphasis on Quant Finance Jobs. Decisions-making on Tech versus Finance, Startups versus Large Firms. Introduction to ZLemma.com to help students identify the right jobs/careers.

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IIT Bombay - First Steps to a Successful Career

  1. 1. First steps to a Successful Career Ashwin Rao IIT Bombay, Oct 2013
  2. 2. My background •  B.Tech. Computer Science. IIT-Bombay. •  Ph.D. Algorithmic Algebra. USC, Los Angeles. •  VP. Quant Strategist. Goldman Sachs, NY. •  Managing Director. Morgan Stanley. •  Founder. ZLemma.com (A Tech Startup)
  3. 3. Life after IIT •  IIT tag follows you. Is it a good thing ? •  "We were so naive during our IIT days !" •  Acquire versatility in skills and personality •  Associate with people different than you
  4. 4. What are suitable jobs for me ? •  You can figure it out objectively •  Glamour, Money and the Mom Syndrome •  Understand your Skills and your Taste •  Think Career, not Jobs
  5. 5. Prepare Well, but Chill Out •  Research the various jobs thoroughly •  Advice from your classmates and seniors ? •  Personal Life versus Professional Life •  Never compare yourself with others ! •  Easy to correct bad jobs or wrong decisions
  6. 6. Higher Studies •  Titles like MBA, Ph.D. - what is their value ? •  What do the best employers care about ? •  Ph.D. è If you want to be an academic •  MBA è Reset career. Timing? India or US? •  Masters versus Ph.D.
  7. 7. Quant Finance Jobs •  Derivatives Trader •  Trading Desk Quant Strategist •  Derivatives Modeler, Statistical Modeler •  Algorithmic Trading Quant •  Analytics Developer
  8. 8. Current Wall Street Scenario •  Regulations have reshaped the industry •  Compensation levels down but still high •  Engineers are thriving in quant finance •  Markets turning increasingly electronic •  More emphasis on vanilla trading businesses
  9. 9. Tech Jobs •  Boom in Tech, particularly in Silicon Valley •  Tech jobs don't pay well ? •  Example - Big Data •  Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon •  Exciting tech jobs in India ?
  10. 10. Quant Finance versus Tech •  Do you enjoy Continuous Math? •  Depth versus Breadth •  Office environment and Colleagues •  Compensation •  Location
  11. 11. Interviews •  Represent your abilities clearly and accurately •  Typically, a large and diverse set of interviewers •  Flood of puzzles/programming/math problems •  Tough Qs in your claimed areas of expertise •  Evaluation of your communication and attitude
  12. 12. Startups •  Not for everyone •  <Market, Product, Team> •  Funding •  Advisors •  Passion
  13. 13. ZLemma •  Zlemma.com evaluates your profile in great detail •  Zlemma Quotient (ZQ) – your suitability for a job •  ZQ is a score out of 100 for a specific job •  Hiring manager model their requirements in detail •  Jobs ranging from Silicon Valley to Wall Street
  14. 14. Addendum •  Tune in to: blog.zlemma.com •  Write to: ashwin@zlemma.com for advice •  Our app is your friend: zlemma.com

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