If you’ve chosen a quantitative career, you’ve made a wise decision. The field is growing, with candidates who can blend interpersonal skills with strong mathematical and analytic ability much in demand. Here’s how you can set yourself up for a bright future.
Showcase Your Skills
Include all relevant skills you’ve gained and classes you took to demonstrate the full extent of your abilities to hiring managers. Employers are looking for people with strong technical skills who are able to communicate complex concepts clearly. Are your communication skills above par? Figure out a way to reveal that on your resume, that quality might make the difference in getting selected for an interview.
Network like a Pro
Talk to your professors or department heads about opportunities that will fit your interests and skills. Go to conferences and networking events. Join industry organizations and read blogs. Attend campus recruitment events.
Start From the Ground Up
Don’t hesitate to take a job at a smaller company that will allow you to learn a broad range of skills and increase your marketability. It’s not always possible to land a position with a large, prestigious firm right out of college, but if you make yourself an asset at your first job, you will gain the experience you need to land your dream job.
Work toward certification by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) or the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), both are widely known and accepted and can help advance your quantitative career.
Leverage Your College Experience
Do what you can do keep your GPA up. Once you are in the corporate world, it loses its significance, but an exemplary grade point average demonstrates an ability to work hard and stay on task. Some employers may use it as the deciding factor between two entry-level candidates.
Choose internships that reflect where you want to be professionally. Getting some on-the-job experience, even as an intern, can demonstrate a commitment to the field and persuade employers that you will not require excessive training to add value to the organization.
One of the most reliable ways to find a great quantitative job is to work with a specialized recruiting firm. You may not have any experience in finding the right job, but we do! We can only present candidates to our clients with at least two years of US commercial working experience. But, we love to help with any advice or suggestions. Send Select Group, Inc. team your resume or give us a call and let us get started!