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Career Advice at University College of London, Mathematics Department.

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Career-advice given to Mathematics students at the University College of London. Focused on Finance and Tech careers for Mathematicians.

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Career Advice at University College of London, Mathematics Department.

  1. 1.   UCL  Mathematics,  London,  Jan  2014  
  2. 2. •  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. •  Emphasis  on  “caliber”  versus  “skills”   •  Innovations  require  strong  math  foundations   •  Ability  to  abstract  and  generalize   •  Versatility  in  hard  skills  is  highly  valued  
  4. 4. •  Statistical  Learning   •  Stochastic  Modeling   •  Numerical  Optimization   •  Data  Design  and  Algorithms   •  Functional  Programming  
  5. 5. •  Derivatives  Trader   •  Trading  Desk  Quant  Strategist   •  Derivatives  Modeler,  Statistical  Modeler   •  Algorithmic  Trading  Quant   •  Analytics  Developer  
  6. 6. •  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  
  7. 7. •  Boom  in  Tech,  particularly  in  Silicon  Valley   •  Compensation  levels  are  growing  fast   •  Big  Data  is  the  new  buzz   •  Google,  Facebook,  Apple,  Amazon   •  Are  Tech  jobs  boring?  
  8. 8. •  Do  you  enjoy  Continuous  Math?   •  Depth  versus  Breadth   •  Office  environment  and  Colleagues   •  Compensation   •  Location  
  9. 9. •  The  Mathematician  tag  follows  you  J   •  Learning  curve  actually  gets  steeper   •  Acquire  versatility  in  skills  and  personality   •  Associate  with  people  different  than  you  
  10. 10. •  You  can  figure  it  out  objectively   •  Don’t  look  at  Compensation  and  Titles   •  Introspect  on  your  Skills  and  your  Interests   •  Think  Career,  not  Jobs  
  11. 11. •  Appetite  for  Volatility   •  <Market,  Product,  Team>   •  Funding   •  Advisors   •  Passion  
  12. 12. •  One-­‐pager  with  precise  education/work  details   •  Links  to  LinkedIn,  Stackexchange,  Github  …   •  Reflection  of  your  communication  skills/style   •  Less  drama,  more  objectivity   •  State  your  international  exposure,  if  any  
  13. 13. •  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  
  14. 14.   •  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   •  Apply  for  high-­‐ZQ  jobs  of  interest  to  you     •  Jobs  ranging  from  Quant  Finance  to  Big  Data  Tech  
  15. 15.   •  Tune  in  to:  blog.zlemma.com   •  Write  to:  ashwin@zlemma.com  for  advice   •  Our  app  is  your  friend:  zlemma.com    

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