Analyst - Strats & Modeling - Goldman Sachs
What is your educational / professional background and how did you become interested in quant finance?
I majored in math and computer science in undergrad and I wanted to pursue a career that involved both. Financial Engineering is the solution to the best of both worlds.
Describe your current role and the most fulfilling aspects of your job.
I develop quantitative methods and build financing and risk management solutions for clients through the use of various programming languages and machine learning methods. One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is interpreting and presenting results from statistical models and performing financial modeling and execution of manipulations of large datasets in SQL.
What are the top skills required for success in your role/job?
What's most important is the ability to pick up anything from zero. My role constantly involves the application of new fields of learning, so the ability to learn is very crucial. Additionally, since I interact directly with clients and our bankers, communication skills are also very important. MSCF gave me the foundation of these skills and the ability to apply them.
What is your favorite memory from your time in the MSCF program?
I will always remember the lifetime friendships I have had with my classmates and also the MSCF faculty. I appreciate that people are competitive and smart, but also helpful to one another. My classmates were part of my support system and helped me succeed in the program, my internship and in the recruiting process.
What advice would you give to someone considering the MSCF program?
Recruiting is long process for everyone (especially with heavy school work), so it's very important to have a good support system within and outside the program.