How do I break into commodity trading?
European poster here so maybe a bit unrelated for all the Americans:)
I just completed my undergrad at a German university and will start my Master's in Computational Physics in Switzerland in a week. While I am very excited for that, I do feel a bit off with regards to my career after the Master's (will graduate in 2023). As a side info: Doing a Master's is the "normal" way of things in Continental Europe, i.e. you have very limited ops if you don't do it...
One area I have been super interested in lately is Trading, especially Commodities Trading. I think Trading could be my thing because I did quite well at junior sports / music competitions (placed top three in nationwide competitions) and generally perform quite well under pressure. I do not say this to brag, but because I trulycould be a thing for me. I also enjoy reading about the markets a lot and have been doing so for about 1-2 hours a day for the last 8 months.
Why Commodities? I love geopolitics, basic supply-demand chains, which is why I would like to join a macro-desk. In theory, FX could be an option too.
A bit of Background:
I completed my undergrad with a First, got scholarships, studied abroad in France at a good university and worked in the local finance club. While I am good with numbers, I am no wizard that got the gold medal at IMO, so there is that. I would say that my profile isn't too great, especially after Covid, but I am not exactly sure how I compare to the average applicant.
One problem is that I have no relevant finance experience apart from a Spring Insight Programme in London three years ago. I do, however, have some programming / IT internships and am very solid with Python, C++ and Java.
I would say that Covid, mixed with a bit of arrogance and cockiness on my side, contributed to me having an abysmal last year, which now makes me feel that my chances to land a job in Trading are pretty slim.
On a more positive outlook:
I have two more slots for internships (about 8 months in total) before I graduate, so the time from June 2022 to December 2022. I would love to get as much experience as possible in that timeframe and am ready to work hurriedly to correct my past shortcomings.
Which companies should I look at how would you rate my chances in general? What can I do now to improve them as much as possible?
Many thanks in advance