Moving into ags
I know there are a few traders here who switched from energy/metals to the ags side of things. I've secured a very good opp on the energy/metals side but I've always wanted to work in ags, especially at a smaller family-type or niche shop, where ideally I'd also get some exposure to some investment work as well.
This opp has decent brand name/training and I'm inclined to take it given this job market market. I know most people here want to make the opposite move, but any thoughts/advice/comments appreciated.
For context, main reason for wanting to do ags:
Geography: interest in spending significant time at origin + there also seems a lot more location diversity in ags when it comes to rotating junior hires across commods/functions--while I've seen some ags profiles where folks spend their entire career in Geneva, I'm thinking more those who do 5-10 countries before settling down in an HQ. OTOH it seems quite common for a crude guy to spend entire career in Houston.
much more interested in the underlying commods + more niche commods (eg. would love to work in pulses or lumber)
more opaque markets / less financial engineering (maybe?)
more responsibility more quickly, perhaps because things are inherently more simple, eg. junior coffee trader sent to origin as the only kid on the ground, running the entire export ops
at the major traders (ie., comparing Glencore/Trafi/Vitol to ABCD), more busdev/"corporate" roles available overall, which could be an interesting transition, eg. LDC has a new VC arm, you could do corpdev at Cargill, etc. while I think GTV's combined M&A departments probably have the same amt of seats as Cargill's yearly corpdev MBA intake.
more family shops with good LT opportunities/very good cultures (could be wrong here but this is my impression)