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From Education to Inspiration

There comes a point in a young person’s life when they discover their place in the world. This usually occurs in college where, through a series of experiences, everything comes together and their future becomes clear. Those experiences inspire a student to pursue a calling instead of simply look for a job.

Through our campus outreach program, TT CampusConnect™, we often meet students who are in that place where education becomes inspiration and leads them to their calling.

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University of Chicago Midwest Trading Competition: Making it Real

Trading Technologies recently provided the trading platform for the University of Chicago Midwest Trading Competition. The event centered on algorithmic trading and attracted students from some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. and Canada.

At the center of the competition was the TT® platform, including our visual programming interface, ADL®. While this was the fifth year for the annual competition, it marked the first year of our involvement. The organizers approached Trading Technologies last summer and told us they were looking to improve the event. In particular, they wanted a new trading platform that could make the competition realistic, providing students with an experience that truly replicated how the markets operate.

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Mind the Gap

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
-Xunzi

When I spend time on college campuses as the manager of the TT CampusConnect® program, the questions I field from educators typically revolve around the best way to equip students with the skills needed to ensure a smooth transition from the classroom to career. While my experience in this regard is limited to the world of futures and options, I’m sure the same is true for any discipline: to set students up for success after graduation, create a learning environment that mirrors the workplace as closely as possible.

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Get Whatcha Need

“If you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.”
– The Rolling Stones

I think maybe Mick Jagger needs to talk to some of today’s graduates and hiring managers. It seems that some aren’t sure what they want—and consequently don’t get what they need.

The current skills gap quandary is not a myth, but rather an expensive problem. And it seems that it is “degree agnostic.”

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