Future career advice appreciated

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Old Aug 30, 2009, 8:13pm   #1
 
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Hi All,

My background is as follows: I have got a Masters degree in a numerate subject from a top university. For a while I have been working as a private client "dealer" at a deliverable FX brokerage. My role is basically a sales role - I mainly call people who register via the website trying to get their business, amongst other related tasks.

I have already got the ACI dealing certificate. It seems as if the way to go within this company is to be become a "senior" dealer after a while and then possibly move onto the Corporate desk. Whilst I am enjoying what I am doing and certainly wouldn't say that I am unhappy with it at all, I am not quite sure what my future prospects could be given that I am interested in the speculative side of FX (I trade in my own time).

I guess one option could eventually be moving to an online broker who deals in spec trading (FX, CFD's etc)? Any advice as to what I should be doing to bolster my CV/knowledge etc would be much appreciated; specifically should I be looking to study for any exams/certificates (e.g. SI/SII) in my own time? To be honest I am just a bit worried that I am going to be left behind and not be able to further myself if I don't start acting now.

Any constructive replies are much appreciated.

Regards,

Ian Thomas Chrisa
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Old Sep 1, 2009, 6:11pm   #2
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First of all , do not go and quit your job to go and do a trader training course...
If you trade and are any good, surely you can ask your own broker about a desk in their trading floor.
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 11:40am   #3
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Can I ask how old you are? In order to guage the stage you're at..
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 11:49am   #4
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Neither of these two work for an institution
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 3:36pm   #5
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I would say the best way to get a job on a trading desk is make sure you are in a company that is expanding and that you work in a role where you have regular contact with the traders.

I started out as a product controller in small hedge fund and by producing good reports for the traders, showing an interest in what they where doing and generally having a laugh with them, when they needed a new junior they asked me if I would be interested.

I dont think this is a uncommon way to get on the desk, although it does take some effort.
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 5:47pm   #6
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Neither of these two work for an institution

Were you going to encourage the person to leave their job to go and paid for a trader training course with the understanding they'll then become trader ? What course do you sell , push or promote?
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Old Sep 3, 2009, 5:50pm   #7
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Were you going to encourage the person to leave their job to go and paid for a trader training course with the understanding they'll then become trader ? What course do you sell , push or promote?
For all I know, Futex's course could be the dogs and teach you to use the market as a cash machine.

Doing the above will probably result in a higher probability of going full-time because there will be no distraction from work.
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