Kristof Leourox is an accomplished IT professional with over 17 years of experience in Computer Science. Kristof's journey takes us from his early beginnings in the world of AI to his deep dive into algorithmic trading.
Kristof shares his experiences, challenges, and valuable insights gained from his enrollment in EPAT and the role it played in preparing him for a career in the exciting and competitive field of algorithmic trading.
Read ahead as we delve into Kristof's inspiring success story and discover how EPAT empowered him to transition from a hobbyist to a professional in algorithmic trading.
Hello, I'm Kristof Leourox, and I've been working in IT Computer Science for over 17 years. I studied Masters of Science informatics in Belgium and the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht.
I started working with AI in 2003 when it was still in its early stages, learning about neural networks before deep learning became a thing. I've been fascinated by the rapid evolution of technology over the past 20 years and it's incredible to see the progress it has made. Everything is moving faster, and I believe we're just taking the first steps into what lies ahead.
I've been involved with computers and programming from a young age, starting with basic programming as a child and eventually pursuing AI in my studies. Around 2015, I came across algorithmic trading online, started researching it more, and became increasingly interested.
Over time, I accumulated a lot of knowledge and even took courses. I've been researching this field with increasing fervour for over a couple of years.
Your honest feedback on EPAT
I found EPAT to be a very valuable resource. I spent months searching for good courses on algorithmic trading, and EPAT stood out as one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective options for me. The course covers a wide range of topics, from the technical aspects to market microstructure and finance.
It's especially beneficial if you already have a solid technical background. The content is well-explained, and I appreciate that all the materials are available for review. If you're serious about algorithmic trading, I believe EPAT is currently one of the best resources available.
I did encounter some challenges during my job search. While I had a strong IT background, I lacked specific experience in finance and fintech, which can be a drawback when applying for roles in algorithmic trading. It's a competitive field, and many employers prefer candidates with previous financial experience. So, initially, it was challenging to secure a job in this domain.
But that’s where EPAT as well as their Placement Team came in and provided me with the support and guidance.
EPAT gave me the confidence and knowledge to pursue a career in algorithmic trading. It bridged the gap between my technical background and the world of finance, providing valuable resources and a supportive community.
In the journey of pursuing a career in algorithmic trading, the support and educational foundation provided by EPAT has been instrumental. EPAT not only equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of algorithmic trading but also offered invaluable assistance in securing job placements through their dedicated placement cell.
I would like to highlight some multifaceted benefits of EPAT, which collectively shaped my path toward a successful role in algorithmic trading.
Support from the Placement Cell:
- Valuable Placement Assistance: The placement cell at EPAT provided valuable assistance during the job placement process.
- Effective Job Descriptions: They offered clear and detailed job descriptions, enabling effective interview preparation.
- Communication Channel: Communication with the placement cell was excellent, serving as a reliable channel for job-related queries.
- Guidance and Resources: While not requiring extensive mentorship, the guidance and resources from EPAT's placement cell were instrumental in navigating the job search.
Career Preparation and Education:
- Comprehensive Curriculum: EPAT's comprehensive curriculum equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary for my new role and career in algorithmic trading.
- Diverse Course Content: The course content covered a wide range of topics, from technical aspects to market microstructure and finance.
- Bridging the Gap: It helped me bridge the gap between my strong technical background and the specific requirements of the finance and fintech industry.
- Community Support: EPAT's community and resources played a pivotal role in building confidence and competence for a professional career in algorithmic trading.
The diligent efforts of the placement cell offered guidance and resources, making the job placement process smoother and more effective.
My plans for the future involve continuing to explore and backtest various strategies using VectorBT. Additionally, I aspire to create my own fintech start-up focused on algorithmic hedge funds. That's my ultimate dream, and I hope to make it a reality.
Your message to all the aspiring Algo Traders out there!
Algorithmic trading requires patience and dedication. You'll need to test numerous strategies and persevere through challenges. Believe in your passion for this field, and remember that EPAT can provide you with a strong foundation, but the real work is up to you.
I hope my journey can motivate others to explore algorithmic trading and pursue their passion with determination and a clear plan in mind.
Thank you so much, Kristof, for sharing your journey in algorithmic trading and your valuable experience with EPAT. Your unwavering dedication and determination are truly praiseworthy, and we do not doubt that your story will serve as a wellspring of inspiration for countless others embarking on a similar journey. We wholeheartedly wish for your sustained growth and boundless success as you continue to broaden your horizons and enhance your skill set.
If you too wish to equip yourself with lifelong skills that will always help you in upgrading your trading strategies offer practical experience, and learn topics such as Statistics & Econometrics, Financial Computing & Technology, and Machine Learning, this algo trading course ensures that you are proficient in every skill required to excel in the world of trading. Enroll in EPAT now!
Disclaimer: In order to assist individuals who are considering pursuing a career in algorithmic and quantitative trading, this success story has been collated based on the personal experiences of a student or alumni from QuantInsti’s EPAT programme. Success stories are for illustrative purposes only and are not meant to be used for investment purposes. The results achieved post-completion of the EPAT programme may not be uniform for all individuals.