Picking the right Ag Trading Role: early career
I made a throwaway to post this but was looking for some insight into thoughts on 2 offers I have
1) Jr trader for 12-18 months in a European location with a plan to move back to the US to work in a small office here and help transition as one of the US principal's retires. The firm is 1 product only (cotton).
Pro: very established firm, smaller than ABCD, well known in the market.
Con: cotton seems to be lacking vol, unstructured program, moving to Europe (not a con but major hassle), lack of color on compensation once back in the US.
2) The training program at non-ABCD ag shop in the US (Andersons, Scoular, Gavilon). Well established program, rotate through a few desks.
Pro: chance to see a number of products, eat what you kill mentality, strong comp and responsibilities early. "go commercial" quickly
Con: will remain domestic only, low comp during the training program, limited exposure to derivatives. The firm went through a recent merger that could change its culture (hint hint).
I see strong pros and cons to both. I like the intl experience but worry about working at a very small US office after the European stint is over in option 1. I fear being limited to being a domestic only guy with option 2.
Any thoughts guys?