From science to finance: about a surprisingly exothermic transition


  • Date: Feb 23, 2018
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dr. David Bende (MPI CPfS alumnus, now working at d-fine)
  • Location: MPI-CPfS, Dresden
From science to finance: about a surprisingly exothermic transition
In this installment of the Curiositas seminar series, Dr. David Bende, formerly a PhD student at MPI-CPfS, will talk about his transition into consulting in the financial industry.

No matter if you are working on chemical reactions or topological insulators, one question is common to all students of the natural sciences: what can I do with my degree after my studies? Adding to the straightforward answers to this question my talk will focus on a further career option which seems a bit less obvious at first sight. In fact, I as a chemist who graduated from the MPI CPfS in early 2016 did not know about this option until 2 months before I accepted the corresponding job offer. The option I am talking about is a career as a consultant in the financial industry.

My talk will give you an impression on why the transition from science to finance might be much less problematic as it seems and why d-fine as a company for finance and risk consulting is so successful with employing mainly natural scientists and mathematicians. Furthermore, I will give you some examples of possible tasks and working environments, introduce d-fine as an employer in more detail and talk about the daily life of a consultant in finance and risk. Afterwards, a partner from d-fine and I will be available for further questions and discussions.

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