Quants are only “so so” about working for commercial banks. The buy side is the holy grail. Great experience from running interest rate models and learning a little about ML/AI, but quants can only go so far at a commercial bank.
We took the sexiest work my client did and put it in a tuxedo. The buy side cares about different skills than the commercial banking world. Buy side wants to see results, coding, money making skills. Commercial banks want to see risk management.
My client wanted to ride the horse, not tie it up to the post.
Success at a top 10 buy side quant shop.