How to break into S&T as a graduate?
First of all, I wish you a Happy New Year. Hope all your wishes come true in 2019.
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I graduated in June 2017 with a Bachelor in Business Administration from a top European business school in Spain. I did my exchange program in a top Canadian university as well and took many financial markets electives during those years. Learnt some basic VBA for Excel in Canada. I did apply for a lot of Summer Internships and all these kind of programs for undergraduates and actually got some phone interviews but only with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. I didn't manage to make it.
After that, I took a graduate program (not a Msc) in Quantitative Finance even though that did not make me become a quant, obviously. Learnt some basic Matlab here. Needless to say that I have been interested in trading and financial markets since I was 18 and I have read a lot of books about financial markets, trading, investing, hedge funds, etc. Traded for around 3 years with these kind of paper money accounts and started investing with real money in November 2017. Since then, made 175% return in 7 months implementing a short strangle strategy for daily Spanish index options until the European regulator stopped allowing retail investors to trade with those products. However, I am still in the market.
I am 23 and currently working in wealth management in a bank after having worked as a Risk Analyst in a financial lines insurance company (mainly financial statements analysis).
The question is simple, how to break into Sales & Trading (specially Trading) as a graduate? I feel I have missed a huge opportunity to get into the job I truly love as I have the impression it becomes extremely tough to get there as a graduate. I would really appreciate your help.
Best regards and have a nice day,