Where do you go to school and why did you decide to study CS? I study Computer Science at Brown University, I'll be graduating in 2018 and returning to Optiver as a full time Developer. Coming to Brown, I knew I enjoyed math and physics and figured I'd study Engineering. I then took an introductory Computer Science course and immediately fell in love with the field.
In three words, how would your family and friends describe you? Diligent, sociable, and assertive.
Did you always know you wanted to chase a career in Fintech? Definitely not. Fintech always intrigued me, but I envisioned myself working in the software industry when I first started out. Fortunately I came across Optiver on my school's job posting service and applied. The rest is history.
What was your position as an intern? I was a development intern on the Automated Trading Systems team, mostly working within the Core stream. For the first few weeks of the internship, I worked on adding and upgrading various small features within the automated quoting system. After that, I spent the rest of the summer developing infrastructure for relaying market data from various exchanges to the firm’s automated trading systems.
What was the most rewarding and or influential part of your summer? By far the most rewarding part of my summer was getting to witness the projects I worked on throughout my internship being deployed on the trading floor. At the start of the internship, I never could have envisioned the type of impact I could make as an intern at Optiver.
Now that you’ve gone through the internship program and will be starting a full time position, looking back, what advice would you give yourself on that first day at Optiver? First off, I would tell myself that they're not lying when they say you get to be a real part of the team and work on meaningful projects. On top of that, I would stress the importance of having the confidence to make suggestions and give feedback that might go against what others think - even if they're more experienced than you.