Studying at university is an essential phase in life which, for many students, will eventually dictate their career path and professional, long-term goals. Thus, planning ahead and discovering one's interests early are important steps to take which ensure a smooth transitional from professional schooling to embarking on career prospects.
On Tuesday 31 March, Mr Jay Au Ka-ki, a successful Mathematics alumnus who specialized in London Metal Exchange Trading, was invited to share his insights on global commodities trading and inter-exchange arbitrage with more than 20 current students organized by the Department of Mathematics.
Jay studied Mathematical Science at HKBU and graduated in 2006. Since his graduation, he starts the career as an analyst in a trading technology company and later as a commodities trader and London Metal Exchange market maker of Newedge's Metal Group. He specializes in base metals trading on the London Metal Exchange and provides advice for corporate hedging, speculation and international arbitrage activities to major corporations, funds and institutions.
During the sharing, Jay shared his valuable professional and life experience with undergraduate students. Jay pointed out: “The ability to make timely decisions based on limited information in a changing environment and the passion to spend off hours studying the markets is essential qualities in a trading profession. Moreover, having a solid foundation in Mathematics and other Science subjects will definitely equip you with good technical skills and enhanced logical mind which takes you one step ahead of others.”
After the sharing session, Jay continued to advise students on job searching and interview tips. Students appreciated this opportunity to connect with him and learnt a great deal from him as it added deeper insight to their understanding of the workplace and the journey of transitioning from school to work through open discussions.
With the aims of strengthening bonds amongst Mathematics family, the Café Mathematique is a series of informal gatherings dedicated to sharing ideas by connecting prospective and current students, alumni, professors and the community. These events include career sharing, targeted industry networking and so on.