I only recently found out that Prof. Zivot's class will be on Coursera. I took this class last summer and it was very good. The class was a lot of work and consumed any non-work time I had, but it was a really great foundation for the rest of the University of Washington program. I constantly go back and reference the class notes. I can't recommend this class highly enough, although to really get a lot out of the course you will have to dedicate a lot of time (for me it was probably about 30 hours a week).
I have recently finished MFE and have an offer from to join their trading desk at a prop trading firm. Do you recommend to join Prop trading firms considering they require you to contribute initial capital??
Cylen, I agree with the rest of the advice you got. I see absolutely no need to disclose or discuss this unless you need to explain something that would be distracting or puzzling to the interviewer. Autism IS highly misunderstood and many employers might run the other way. This is true for any medical condition. Unless you need special accommodation, there is no reason to raise a red flag for an employer, particularly in a highly competitive market. And even then, unless it's an obvious disability, I'd get the job first and discuss the details later.Hi Ellen, I was advised to post here regarding disclosure of Autism on a resume/cover letter or leave to an interview if at all. It's a hugely misunderstood topic by a lot of people, but does have some redeeming features (in my case at least) for a job in quantitative finance.
Where should it go, if anywhere? (Confirmed diagnosis by a private specialist).
I'm guessing someone has a list--can anyone help out here? But if you're serious about a firm and you're below the cut-off, I wouldn't give up--I'd try to connect to people who could get you into an interview situation so you could impress an interviewer with the experience you have and highlight your other skills and talents.Hi Ellen, thanks for all the advice you have been sharing on this thread, I have a question regarding GPA. Many firms while hiring state a GPA floor that is acceptable. I have not gone through many hiring advertisements so can you please list what are the major GPA thresholds that financial services/financial technology firms pursue.(Example: 3.5 and above or 3.0 and above)
Thanks in advance !!
I will defer to anyone who can tell you more about S&T role questions, but here are some general career fair guidelines.Hi Ellen. I plan to do my masters in quant finance somewhere in the US next Fall hopefully. Now, I would really love to know how the career fairs and the whole on-campus recruitment works in the US. I would be interested in a S&T role in any bulge bracket IB. How do I present myself to the recruiters. What kind of questions could I ask that would portray my interest in a S&T role. Also, there would be so many people there and the recruiters possibly won't have much time to talk to each individual person right ? So, how do I carry about the conversation as briefly as possible and at the same time impress the recruiters. Any specific tips you would want to share ?
I agree,mJoy. Theres a lot of value here. I've known Ellen since before many of those posting here were born (in deference to Ms. reeves, I won't say exactly how long. She is one of the best connected people I know and I can assure you she knows whence she speaks.Wow... went through the threads and learn't a lot! This is pretty awesome. Thanks Ellen and Andy for setting this up.
I will defer to anyone who can tell you more about S&T role questions, but here are some general career fair guidelines.
HOW CAN YOU STAND OUT AT A CAREER FAIR OR RECRUITING EVENT?
Career fairs and recruiting events can feel like insane, giant meat markets. You are not going to have just one interview (unsettling enough); you may have a dozen impromptu interviews! Just as you'd prepare for a regular interview, prepare for the fair. Try to find out in advance which companies will be represented and who is representing the company. Research the companies and reps as much as you can. Get a good night's sleep and come having eaten a good breakfast or lunch. A growling stomach is uncool; so is fainting. Remember these tips:
1) Dress neatly and presentably with some memorable but not outlandish detail: a good tie for men (no cartoon characters or crazy ties); a great scarf, bright color or interesting piece of jewelry for women.
2) Be extremely knowledgeable about the company and ask intelligent questions. Ask to set up an informational interview at a later date because you're so committed to the company whether the jobs listed (if they have specific openings) pan out or not. But be well-prepared for what could be a real, on-the-spot interview! You must have rehearsed your 30-second pitch and with concrete, brief examples, be able to convince the recruiter what you can do for the company. Your delivery must be enthusiastic and energetic but authentic.
3) Make sure you know with whom you're speaking so you can spin your pitch accordingly. Is this an HR person? The person for whom you'd be working? Be sure to get his/her card or title so you can thank the person and follow up.
4) Have an excellent resume and cover letter tailored to the company's needs and to a specific job description if there is one (i.e. find out what might be available on line ahead of time). You can bring several versions of a resume targeted to different companies and jobs. Just be sure to note for yourself which resume you've given to which company! Have a business card as well. Don't pass out your materials to every single recruiter hoping the numbers will be on your side. Figure out which companies you'd really like to work for and target them.
5) Do not be the person who hogs the booth or table, takes up all the recruiter's time, or keeps circling back like an animal stalking its prey. It's hard to do these fairs. Instead, be the person who asks (if the rep is alone and can't leave)--"May I get you a glass of water?" If you are engaged in a great conversation but there's a line of people, say "I'd like to talk more but I know other people are waiting. Could we exchange cards and set up a phone meeting or another time to talk?" And if you see shy colleagues or classmates waiting on the periphery, too timid to break in, please be the person who says "May I introduce my classmate John?" GOOD LUCK!