Ryan Ranson

Wedbush Securities
► MS in Financial Engineering, Alumnus
BS in Business Administration (Finance),
minor in economics from the University of Colorado at
Boulder. Completed Quantified Finance Certificate

Career Background
• Intern at a small fund of funds in Boulder, Colorado
and at a commodity  broker in Pagosa Springs,
Summer Intern at Liquinet in New York City where I
developed programs to help evaluate the
performance of the company's trade execution algorithms
Professional Areas of Interest
• Algorithmic trading, computer programming, hedge funds

Career Goals
I ultimately want to develop my career to become involved in quantitative trading. I am very interested in developing trading/investment strategies and I also enjoy programming, so I feel that quantitative trading would be a perfect blend of the two.
About my position

I was recently hired as a full-time Trading Associate for Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, CA. I found the position by researching the company and waiting for a position that matched my background and career ambitions to become available.

Getting the interview and then the job offer was partially a matter of luck – the manager just happened to be looking for someone with the precise programming skills I had acquired during my previous internship at Liquinet. Overall, the Drucker School was instrumental in this process because the Financial Engineering program gave me the relevant quantitative skill set to be a competitive candidate.

What advice would you give to a student interested in obtaining a position at Wedbush Securities?

Being familiar with programming is always a great advantage. Even if the job does not directly entail programming, hiring managers seem to be biased towards those candidates with strong programming/technology backgrounds because these candidates can better adapt to technology challenges than the average person who may lack the applicable experience.

Also, (a lot of people may not want to hear this but), unless you have a connection within a company, it is difficult to focus exclusively on your top 1 or 2 choices. We can never predict what needs these companies may have (other than what is posted in job descriptions) so many times the best advice is just to get your resume in front of as many people as possible.

"He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly."
—James Allen


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