What's your full name and job title?
Matthew Whitehead – junior quant trader.
What did you study?
A Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science).
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Wollongong, NSW.
How did you get to your current job position? For how long have you had it?
I got my job at Tibra via the Summer Internship program through the University of Wollongong. I have been working for nearly two years now.
How did you choose your specialisation?
I chose my specialisation as it was the right balance of my skills and my interests.
What was your interview process like? What kind of questions were you asked?
It was a fairly straightforward interview process – many logic questions and riddles.
What does your employer do?
Tibra is a market maker, which means that we supply liquidity to the financial markets.
What are your areas of responsibility?
I am responsible for the research and deployment of trading strategies.
Can you describe a typical work day? What was the last thing you worked on?
There isn’t ever a typical day, I am often working on new things every week.
What are the career prospects with your job? Where could you or others in your position go from here?
There are many career development opportunities available to myself and my peers. Tibra has Tibra University, which is like a university but at work! It’s pretty cool as you feel like you’re always learning and becoming better at what you do. We are all encouraged to step up and take on a mentoring or leadership role at some point.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
We have people from many educational backgrounds working in the same team; most of them are from STEM based backgrounds.
What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
Anything involving technology, as that is my passion.
What do you love the most about your job?
I enjoy the low-level details.
Which kind of task do you enjoy the most?
The kind of tasks that require expert-level knowledge in that field to complete.
What’s the biggest limitation of your job? Do you bear a lot of responsibility?
It’s challenging but in a good way. No day is ever the same.
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