Q&A: I’m a sales trader at a tier 1 HFT / prop firm
I've derived an incredible amount of information from this site over the years. And frankly I wouldn't be where I am today without it. So with that said I'd be happy to offer an AMA about my rise to where I am now, it has been a long and difficult path indeed.
Quick background details:
*the most non-target of non-targets
* at a (CS/ /Barc)
*Didnt like it much and switched to S&T at a tier 1 BB ( / /MS)
*Jumped to the buyside (kinda?) at a prominent plays a major role in current market infrastructure
AMA - if I could make it here anyone can. The primary theme in my career has been an insane amount of networking and just being a cool / normal person when you meet people.
skills or a canned routine will quickly get you nowhere. Be likable, sharp, polished, and smart (most importantly act natural) and even if you come from a non-target that nobody has ever heard of.. you'll do well. Don't beat yourself up or stress about it too much. Accept where you are and work with it. Tbh nobody cares about your college after 2-3 years in your role...
I don't think it's an overt goal of this site or the community here, but WSO tends to create an image that without (NE prep -> Ivy -> GS
$30k/yr in internal audit at General Motors... that isn't the case, you guys have the power to decide where you want to take your career and where you want to work. Your career is in your own hands, but you have to start networking early in order to derive the best results from
networking. Also you should know what you want to do. Once you have these items you'll be on track to crush it.