A Seamless Transition Through the Berkeley MFE



Jing Hoelscher, MFE class of 2014, decided that the most efficient way to complete her transition from academia to the financial industry was by pursuing an MFE. She chose Berkeley, stating it was the perfect fit to round out her heavy quantitative background with the financial knowledge and technical skills needed to succeed in her work.

“No other program has such a top notch student body and excellent faculty which can prepare the students with up-to-date financial materials and state-of-the-art curriculum in the way the Berkeley MFE can.”

Currently, Jing is working at Citadel in New York, on a cross product margin research desk which computes daily margins for hedge fund clients, using both VaR based and stress based margin methodologies. Previously, she worked at an FX E-trading and a Rates E-trading desk at Citi, which did market making for G10 currencies and rates products respectively. She plans to work on equity execution and transaction cost analysis in the future.

The highlight of Jing’s time in the program was the final Applied Finance Project project. It gave her the valuable opportunity to work with a team of outstanding students to solve a real problem, using real data and the techniques learned in the MFE program.

“The Berkeley MFE program taught me the importance of being respectful as well as assertive when working in a team. This work-hard attitude, acute teamwork skills, backed with the technical knowledge I have acquired during my time in the MFE has made my transition to Citadel seamless.” -- Jing Hoelscher, MFE Class of 2014

Learn more about the Berkeley MFE Program and how we can help you launch your career by going to our website or by joining an information session.

About The Author

As Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Berkeley MFE Program, my role-among other things-is to develop and maintain contacts with firms to find opportunities for the students and place them in outstanding internships and full-time positions.