How can I get a job in broking or trading?
Broking & trading graduate jobs are exciting, lucrative, and, as you might expect, highly competitive.
Almost all reputable firms will require you to have a degree to work as a broker or a trader – but there is a lot else that you can do to set yourself apart from the crowd.
1. Learn as much as you can about financial markets
If you want to land a graduate job as a broker or trader, you need to know everything you can about your industry. There are thousands of books and articles on trading that will help to develop your knowledge, as well as make sure that it’s something you are passionate about before you apply for a graduate job.
2. Stay up to date
It’s also vital to stay in touch with current news by reading print or online sources like Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Economist or Barron’s.
In a graduate interview, you’ll be able to demonstrate your deep knowledge of the market and discuss current financial news.
3. Gain relevant experience
As with most graduate jobs, being able to mention some work experience you undertook on top of your degree is a surefire way to impress an employer in the financial services sector.
If you’re able to get a placement or short-term internship with a bank, then ideal, but if not don’t fret – any client-facing experience, a job where you have directly increased revenue or can show that you have performed well under pressure, should be pinpointed on your CV.
4. Highlight your skills
Employers at top firms will want to hear about times when you have demonstrated desirable skills, like being able to work as part of a team and great communication skills.
If you have been involved in team sports throughout school, held a position of power in a society at university, or have managed any projects during or outside of your education – make sure they are noted on your CV and mentioned in your interview.
If you are unsure how to condense your experiences at university into something worth talking about, see our blog which highlights 7 skills that university teaches you outside of your degree.
5. Attend talks
If you are still at university, attend any relevant talks or events that are on offer.
Just recently, we visited Newcastle University to attend their Trading Game Evening – and there are similar events happening all the time at universities across the country, so make use of them.
If you’ve already graduated, there are plenty of free events and seminars to attend across the UK, to learn as much as you can about broking and trading.