3 to 4 yrs experience in unrelated finance roles breaking into trading and become a trader

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With 3 to 4 yrs of unrelated & related finance experience, a CFA level 2 candidate, with a non-finance degree, and an MS in Quantitative analysis, what is the best way to break into trading, or into any trading support capacity to eventually become a trader

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Sep 10, 2018

Find a junior trader role, apply, and pray to god they give you a chance. No joke, cold apping is your best option. Trade support is a terrible idea, so stay away from those roles as you'll never progress to trader. Just keep your options open, and consider ANY firm that has desks (not just BB's, as that's a serious uphill battle for you).

Sep 14, 2018

Thanks BumbleB, good advice on the trade support path, I have 2 questions:

(1). There's also alot of firms, like Maverick Trading, where you pay for their online training, and then commit some of your own capital, what's your opinion on building my experience there to then build my resume and continue apping and applying to jr trader roles, do firms like Maverick hold any weight when applying?

(2) What's a realistic timeline for someone in my position, from now to actually getting an interview, I just passed the CFA level 1, and have worked at a hedge fund for less than 2 years, but I think I've applied to at least 50 jr. trader roles so far in the past 6 months, either in the NYC / NJ area. And it all depends, but have you ever heard of someone that's apped for over a year?

Sep 14, 2018

I assume you mean Proprietary Trading and not S&T.

Feel free to read this thread: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/getting-an-...
I make a lot of comments about the exploitation in the industry, and how to actually get a role in prop shops.

Sep 14, 2018

Maverick = waste of time. As far as junior trader roles go, it can take a long ass time to break into that because you have no trading experience. I'd recommend networking, talking to traders and getting your name out there.

Sep 14, 2018

Find a logistics role in an obscure place.

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Sep 14, 2018

Find a logistics role in an obscure place.

Sep 20, 2018

Absolutely stay away from any Trading Operations gigs. Full-time prop trader here on a Fixed Income desk and have had nothing but issues with Operation guys. The biggest thing about Trading is the culture, and most desks take FIT very seriously.

Sep 21, 2018

If you crush the interview, you'll be fine. Thus, I'd recommend reaching out to any contacts you have in trading (at prop shops, bulge bracket banks, etc.). Contacts could be friends, family members, alumni from school, etc. Then, just prepare hard for the interview. I know ... has a bunch of free practice quizzes.

Sep 21, 2018
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