Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Took the tube down to the west end today just to blog. Don't you all feel special. :)

Started my first day of work today. The building was incredible. It looks like I'm working at this really old, big bank (well, I am). The HR person took me to the main trading floor, and I am still stunned at the size and the energy on the market floor. People have 6 LCD screens all hooked up in front of them displaying indices and prices and charts of several investment tools at once, with their speakerphone loud and screaming into them, and phones constantly ringing. The floor is about the size of two football fields, and it's just rows and rows of benches. The other co-op and I are working right on the trade floor! The feeling is so surreal. People drinking coffee, screaming, cursing at the screen (in their posh British accents), uttering "Bloody hell!" to every price change.

The work is actually quite interesting. Programming real time backends to support trading and making money. Hahahaha.. I feel that this is my true calling - to use my expertise and make money. The unfortunate thing is that I have to be at work by 7:00am. No e-mail, no internet at work either. The corporate culture is totally different from the North American style too. I guess it's time for me to open my eyes and see the world in another light.

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