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As someone with a non-finance/economic educational background, how easy is it to break into the 'oil trading arena'? And by 'oil trading arena' I mean physical trading, operations, scheduling, and oil derivatives trading.
I graduated last year with a Master of International Law - 3.0 GPA, and after wasting over a year looking for work related to international diplomacy, have decided to see if I can get involved in oil trading. The only real experience I have has been several months' worht of simulated trading of WTI Futures, but again, I know that means really little for the physical trading firms, for whom more emphasis is placed on the actual physical side as compared to derivatives.
I know that Trafigura and others run their annual graduate intakes, but realistically, with a non-finance degree, I don't favour my chances. I mean I can't exactly say to them that although I don't have an economics or finance degree I have read a tonne of books on economics, trading, and the oil and energy industry, and they should just trust me on that.
So what other options are out there? I know people say go into risk/ops/scheduling if you want to get into physical trading. Risk is more or less out for me since I'm not a maths genius. Ops and scheduling seem like completely viable options, but where would I apply for such positions? And again, with no experience in the finance sector, how easy, and what are my chances, of actually getting hired?
I'd appreciate responses from anyone who is even remotely knowledgeable of this area.