I will graduate with an applied mathematics PhD within the next few months. My research has been on mathematical/numerical methods for waves in liquids and gas. I have received unsolicited emails about quant finance positions from companies and recruitment services, and I am now considering going into this field.
I would much prefer to enter the field after taking 6 months out post-PhD to thoroughly refresh my knowledge of probability/statistic/machine learning and to get up to speed on other relevant areas such as stochastic ODEs/PDEs and financial math and risk. None of these topics were relevant to my research so it is several years since I encountered them and some I have never covered at all.
I would be extremely wary of walking into a situation where I felt compromised from day 1 due to being among other quants who specialized in these topics during a PhD or quant finance MSc. I can't stress that enough..of course no-one likes feeling compromised but I know from experience it affects my performance a lot more than the average and its not just a case of 'oh everyone feels like that when starting a new position'.
Do you think I would still have a chance at getting into the field if I took this time out to study/refresh these topics for 6 months or would that look terrible? What about discussing this with one of the agencies that has contacted me..would it be a bad idea to mention that I would prefer to do this than interview for a position straight after the PhD?