Getting easy isn’t a graduate job in the Crypto industry, but that could all be about to change. The Crypto manufacturing sector is at an “inflection point” in recruiting young graduates, said Christopher Newhouse at Georgia Institute of Technology. Next year, he predicts it will be very different.
Newhouse is well placed to know. He is a co-founder of a blockchain club with around 300 members at Georgia Tech. The club has helped position the campus as one of the places crypto companies come when they want junior employees. He also founded a quantitative finance trading club with around 400 members.
“We have a lot of top STEM courses at Georgia Tech, but some students weren’t really aware of the opportunities in trading and Crypto quant,” says Newhouse. “Until recently, there were a lot more people here applying for jobs at places like Facebook, Google and Amazon. »
Although many companies do not have their own graduate programs in the Crypto world, Newhouse says many are developing programs that are partially launched or will be launched soon. B2C2 runs a graduate program already, as does Wintermute. Galaxy Digital has an analyst program. GSR launched a graduate program for its market making company last year. FTX is building a campus for 1,000 employees in Nassau and will likely have interns there when it’s done.
Newhouse himself completed an internship at Genesis trading last year. He has had several job offers and advises students interested in Crypto trading and other crypto jobs to set up clubs of their own on campus. “It has been very beneficial to me to say that I am the founder of the blockchain club,” he says. “He puts me in a unique position as a candidate, and I’ve had several offers as a result. »
Until now, Newhouse says applying for entry-level crypto jobs has often been about cold-mailing and networking. “A lot of companies are building it, and it’s good to reach out and ask if there’s anything you can help with,” he said.
What really matters when applying for entry-level crypto jobs is showing that you are genuinely interested in crypto, says Newhouse. “What sets you apart is that you have a crypto Twitter account, trade DeFi, and know market makers and the competitive landscape. Being able to talk about the industry shows you have that interest.”
For students interested in careers in crypto trading, Newhouse has put together a reading list of assets (including a six-week DeFi bootcamp) on Google Drive here.
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