"A bachelors degree in computer science doesn't hold much weight in financial services"
Does that matter? Well, it has not affected my employability.
In my opinion, computer science degrees count for less than they used to. These days, a bachelor's in computer science doesn't hold much weight unless it's backed up by some interesting projects that demonstrate your talent. You need to do this fast: universities are producing so many comp sci graduates that in a few years these roles will require much more experience. The bar will be raised due to new AI tools and salaries will go down as the supply of workers rises and AI tools amplify their productivity.
Having a comp sci degree alone is like knowing how to use a hammer, but not knowing what to build with it. This limits the firms you can join and the jobs you can do to begin with.
You can overcome this, but you will need to put in the extra effort to gain the correct experience, to make the right connections and to learn the business and quantitative techniques that will take you to the next level.
You will also need to be lucky: someone will need to recognize your talents and your current line manager will need to be willing to accept you moving out of their area. Politics can be a hindrance.
Peter Harris is a pseudonym.
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