**quantitative finance**! It's actually really interesting. I was greatly inspider by

**Emanuel Derman**'s "My life as a Quant", where he describes pretty similar circumstances to my own with his postdoc aspirations. I recommend the book to anyone considering leaving Academia.

From a mathematical point of view, I was a bit awe-struck by

**Pierre Henry-Labordere**'s "Analysis, Geometry and Modeling in Finance". Apparently there's a close connection between the geometry of

**black holes**(well, at least the hyperbolic types) and

**stochastic volatility models**! It would be extremely cool to be able to actually research and design models like that which would actually

*work*and be useful! Anyway, I doubt real quant life is that fancy, but I'll be happy if the job involves PhD level math of some kind.

I'd love to hear other people's stories about switching from academia to industry or finance. Anyone here with similar experiences?