How to get to FO from MO trading support

I’m a second year who will be interning in trading support at a big HF this summer. This wasn’t exactly what I was looking for as I managed to land an FO role at a very small energy prop firm early in the recruiting season, but it got taken away due to leadership change and restructuring, so I had to completely scramble to find something. Curious about whether being in the MO is going to alter my brand and mess up my trajectory, and if it’s still going to be possible to get to the FO in either sellside S&T or as a junior trader at an HF out of school. What are the steps I need to take to make that happen? For example, should I Iook for a slightly more FO-adjacent role like trading solutions or analytics at a smaller, less well known HF? Really lost about what to do here and would appreciate any advice.

 
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I think that applying around cannot hurt, worst case scenario you don’t get traction and you go for this role.
Trade support is not that bad and for sure still better than having nothing. Also it can vary a lot between shops so chances are you will code in python and sql and maybe make some dashboards (non-PnL related) to traders for example some view on big delta positions that might be risky if it’s a big shop.
So TS>0 but I think FO>TS to keep applying but don’t desperate

 

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