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Work on profit-maximizing IT systems – No thanks

July 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Recently I was contacted by a well-meaning IT recruiter (name omitted for privacy reasons) and explained why I don’t work on financial trading systems anymore:

The request

Hi Oliver,

I came across your profile in my connections this morning and I was keen to reach out to you.

I can see your current experience working with Java, I am currently working on some Core Java opportunities working on the new development of a real-time trading platform.

This opportunity would allow you to work with the latest Java technologies as well as giving the opportunity to learn Scala.

Please let me know when the best date and time to get hold of you would be so we can discuss?

Kind regards,
XXXX

The response

Hello XXXX,

Is it a trading platform in the financial services sector (i.e. banking)?

If so then I have to politely decline. I have worked on trading systems for a large investment bank in the past. My role was Senior Developer / Technical Lead.

But I decided that I didn’t want to spend my limited life-time helping Wall Street traders or other folks whose only business is to make more money for themselves and their (usually already wealthy) investors.

I currently work on systems that support the Canadian Search & Rescue helicopter fleet. Rescuing people’s lives or health is a cause I feel good about and that motivates me.

Please feel free to contact me again if you come across job openings that contribute to the common good.

Thanks
Oliver Doepner

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