Just a query really.
Is trading moving in the direction of hiring specifically grads with quant backgrounds.
I understand, that not everyone on the trading floor has a technical background, hoewever, in the media the amount of articles about quant trading, high speed trading, bots etc is ever increasing.
Is the demand for non-quant backgrounds falling, I ask as I currently hold an offer for economic histoy at lse starting in sept, and whilst it is too early to tell what i want to do ultimately, it would be nice to know where the job market is headed.
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- Thread Starter
- 02-04-2011 01:42
- 02-04-2011 05:18
From what I've gathered Banks recruit people from quant backgrounds mainly because it's the best way of seeing if graduates will be able to handle the numbers. On most desks, you will not need extensive Maths knowledge, bar the exceptions of course (e.g. Certain derivatives, Fixed Income).
Having said that, I don't think there is a lack of demand for non-quant graduates in Trading. Flow Trading focuses entirely on thinking fast and being able to deal with pressure. If you have a real interest in it and you're able to learn the financial concepts pre-interview, it should be fine.