Advice for a physical commodity career
I am very interested in building a career in physical commodity trading, especially in the metal industry, but I am also very keen to work with agricultural commodities. I need advice since I am already 22 years old and have no academic background related to business or science.
I am a Master's student in International Affairs in a relatively good UK university, and next year I will finish my two-year program with a full year in Beijing. I strongly hope that this international dimension may constitute an asset, even though I know that is not rare at all. I did an LLB for my undergrad: long-story-short I was passionate about working for the civil service of my home country (France), but the whole covid thing has smashed my regards about the state and modified my self-perception about material independence and liberty.
When I started to feel under heavy pressure about my change of professional objectives, without tangible goals, discovering the physical commodity trading house and their variety of jobs authentically gave me a horizon to aim. I genuinely want to build a career in the sector, and I am ready to work hurriedly to correct my shortcomings. As you can imagine, I have no quantitative background, which I feel can be quite a burden to land a graduate position.
To correct that, I have started to study python and plan to further continue on VBA, and I am striving to re-learn maths through some classes. I don't know how if the firms will take me as seriously if I don't have any degree to prove my efforts. I was consequently thinking about doing another degree specialized in Commodity trading, mainly the Msc at the Geneva University and the shipping MSc at Cass business school. Would you recommend such additional education? By stalking a little bit on Linkedin, even though these masters look very good, I haven't found many people in firms who did those at firms like Trafigura, Glencore, Vitol, LDC, or Cargill.
I have managed to find an internship in a small international logistic company in Antwerp for this summer. Indeed, I thought building a small expertise in operations might be a good idea since I am very interested in this part of the job. However, the firm is not specialized in financialized commodities. Would you thus recommend me to specialize in supply chain and international shipping to create opportunities in the big trading houses I aspirate to work in?
Any advice or any feedback you would give would be very precious,
Thank you all very much