Perhaps more than anything else, Jane Street is a learning and teaching enterprise, encompassing everyone from the newest hire to the most experienced hand. From their first day, new hires sit on a desk where their more experienced teammates answer questions, explain their thinking, and engage in open discussions. Lively and impromptu debates arise on a variety of topics, taking learning in unexpected directions.
Jane Street provides large, dedicated classrooms for lectures, guest speakers, seminars, and simulated trading sessions. Formal instruction covers a range of topics in trading and finance theory, mathematics, economics, and computer science.
Everyone at Jane Street is expected to be a teacher as well as a student. Mentoring and classroom teaching are valued, respected, and compensated. Even more importantly, senior employees gain the opportunity to pursue new ideas by passing skills and responsibilities to those more junior, linking career advancement directly with the ability to teach.