Read Adam's story
Read Adam's story
The first few months with the company were not easy as I had many challenges, among which the biggest one was to learn how to lose. However, I love trading and competition on the market so I managed to overcome those challenges and succeeded. As I enjoy immersing in markets, I focus on reading and trading price action rather than expressing my opinion on what it’s going to be like. As a trader’s job is demanding, so it’s important for me to relax and recharge after a trading day by going to the gym, playing football or spending time with my friends. Every day I strive to be a better trader and I look up to globally well-known successful traders as people I admire and want to be one of them.
Read Anatoly's story
I enjoy trading. Even at university I wanted to make money on market movements. In fact, I traded my account for a year, so I knew some trading strategies, systems of risk management and money management. I also knew that the key to success is in the right psychology. That attitude has served me well at OSTC. You’ve got to be driven and disciplined, and able to combine an established trading approach with flexibility and intuition.
Read Andrejs's story
I have long been impressed with the degree of discretion and flexibility given to traders here. Although the company expects you to apply a proven set of trading strategies in the beginning of your career, as you grow, the choice of available asset classes and strategies for trading explodes and you can explore new areas. I like the fact that OSTC treats you truly as an individual and puts a lot of trust and responsibility onto you early.
I have also valued how friendly the atmosphere here is. This job isn’t for the faint-hearted and success isn’t linear either; the atmosphere and people helps everyone to overcome difficult times and perform well.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the profit-split scheme offered by OSTC is one of the most generous in the industry, even for junior traders.
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Read Przemysław's story
I have spent almost two years at OSTC and I do not regret a single second. I especially remember one day during an MPC statement. The market became so active that I saw opportunities everywhere. I felt like every decision I made was great, every trade I did was successful and I got into a good flow. I wanted this day to never end. I was so busy I almost forgot to blink. Those are the days when all preparation and experience pays off.
Of course it is not always like that. Trading is stressful and can be frustrating too. My way of coping is to do sport for relaxation. I go running and also go to work by bike every day. It is really important to me that I do this, and helps me to recharge my batteries.
Read Charles's story
I was at Swansea University and Hannah, our Office Manager, came in to do a talk about the job. It was exactly what I wanted to do, although up until this point, I only thought a job like this was available in London.
The first year was hard; because even though I felt like I knew how to trade, I kept losing money. However, that frustration soon passed and when I got my first bonus, it was great to start to see the rewards of my hard work.
Read Chen's story
Being a trader is my dream career, and now I’m chasing my dream step by step. This dream started from my bachelor period, during which time, I found the financial markets so fascinating. It is like a puzzle to me, which can never be fully solved. People express themselves in it, and get rewarded or punished if they are right or wrong. People experience a lot in it, joy and pain, glory and failure. The field is competitive, but it’s also intellectual. It involves money, but it’s pure. Whatever lays before me, I think a trader’s life will be anything but empty and ordinary.
I gradually evolved from an investor, an algorithm trader to a OSTC trader. These styles are quite different, but I don’t think they contradict each other. I think the essence of profits are the same: find a pattern, a value or an anomaly, then seize the opportunity.
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Read Elen's story
I joined OSTC in the week following my final University exam. My first main project was to create a trading simulation platform for Universities, which is used to engage graduates and get them interested in becoming a Trader. Recently I’ve been developing the internal system, and specifically the systems for HR.
For me, this is an excellent place to work. I’ve got to work on some great projects and it’s great to be working in a business where technology has to keep moving
Read Hywel's story
I worked with an ex-trader when on a work placement, so I had an idea of the energy and commitment required for the role. I also read the book “One good trade”, which was helpful at giving me an insight into the thought process and set-ups for a trade, but it was still a pretty alien concept when you look at the screens filled with numbers.
I had a good year last year and it was great to get the bonus I did. I really felt that was a reward for all the hard work I’ve put in during my time at OSTC. For me, that’s the key. It is hard work and you have to have the determination to succeed, bounce-back ability, be calm under pressure, ready to admit when you’re wrong, and also be able to analyse your trades
Read Jacek's story
I have always been somewhat interested in investing; and after graduating from college, I invested in some stocks and futures on the Polish stock exchange. This on its own was not very intense but it gave me a small taste of the life of a trader and I was hooked. After this I began seeking out companies and positions as a trader and stumbled upon OSTC.
I knew right away that this was my future. In the beginning I was an ambitious and eager trader but this excitement led to less-then-desirable results. Only through the lessons learned from many mistakes was I able to grow into a seasoned and wise trader. From my experience, in order to be successful as a trader, you must eliminate emotions and train yourself to be disciplined even in the face of opportunity. You must not let the prospect of immense profits cloud your judgement and take unnecessary risks.
Read Jakub's story
One day I decided that I would become a Trader. So all my life decisions from then on were aimed to achieve that goal – my degree in Finance and Accounting, winning 1st place in a “Stock Market Game” and participating in investment training… I don’t want to bore you but I was working really hard.
After few years finally I got the chance to take a part in assessment day that I passed and became a Trader.
Futures Trading is not as easy as many people think. It’s not just buy cheaper, sell higher. You need to be confident in your decisions, flexible as markets are changing every day, and patient as price moves are not always dynamic. There is no such thing as the only right way to gain profit. All Traders I know have different strategies, habits, best markets and so have I. The thing which combines us all is the passion for trading.
Read Jason's story
I joined OSTC from a city investment bank. I wanted to get closer to the trading floor and gain direct exposure to the markets. I started in an operational support role, and because I took such an interest in understanding the market and the front-to-back process, I was given the chance to move into a risk management role, working with the Head of Trading. As the trader numbers have grown, so has our team. Now I manage a team of five who cover both the Asian and the European/US trading sessions.
One of my highlights was being heavily involved in a big project setting up a trading relationship with a new clearing house. The learning curve during this time was steep and I had to get a detailed understanding of the business right from trading infrastructure to back office and internal reporting. The project for me lasted about 8 months and resulted in traders gaining access to profitable new markets.
Read Lukasz's story
Before I started my career in trading, my life was all about sport. I was a professional football player but even then I invested my savings on the stock exchange. I had a basic knowledge on how the stock market works; but only when I joined OSTC was I taught what trading is really all about and how to trade professionally. The success didn’t come quickly and easily however. There were uncomfortable moments on the way – I recall especially one when liquidity on my best product dried up and I took my first big (at that time for me) loss. I managed to recover and that made me stronger.
Once I got my first bonus, all my hard work and struggles turned out to be really worthwhile. Nothing comes easy and it definitely applies to success in trading, while many people wrongly think there is easy money to be made on markets. In my opinion you have to really work hard, be disciplined, persistent and passionate about what you are doing to be a good trader. I transferred those characteristics from my career in football to trading.
Read Marcin's story
I have joined OSTC over a year ago and from day one I knew I would enjoy working with the team here. I started out as a regular Service Desk member and slowly took on additional responsibilities. I am particularly proud of the first time that I helped the network team recover from a major connectivity disruption over the night. At times like this, it’s important to work together and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
That sums up my job. I enjoy helping others. Being able to fix things that have a wider scale impact gives me a great feeling of accomplishment. Knowing that my efforts allow others to continue their work makes every day a challenge and a pleasure at the same time.
Read Mark's story
Although OSTC was smaller in comparison to other companies I applied for, I was excited by the opportunity of working for such a fast growing and ambitious company, with plenty of potential to grow even further. I knew that by joining a small but specialised team that there would be plenty of opportunity for me to contribute and add value to the team and business as a whole. This is something which I was worried might be lacking if I chose to work for a huge organisation. I was also drawn by the prospect of working in such a fast-paced environment which would enable me to develop new and existing skills quickly.
Read Nihir's story
By the time I was completing my MBA in Finance, I had a tough decision to make – which industry to choose to start my career with, whether it should be Banking, Corporate Finance or Capital Markets. I had a preference towards trading and markets, but never thought of making it my career path.
I came in touch with OSTC at my campus and the most amazing thing I found about the company was their investment in talent and their values. Since I joined, the company has invested a lot of time and resources to help me find my strength and sharpen my skills. It has been eight months now and they have helped me a lot to grow my career as a trader as well as an individual. I can make my own plans about my trades and my targets – not a lot of companies give you that type of freedom, especially in the trading world.
Read Nikita's story
I didn’t know much about trading but then I read a couple of books on technical analysis and spent some time trading on simulator forex. That really made me interested in this role.
Trading has given me an opportunity to become self-sufficient. Before OSTC, I lived with my parents; but not anymore. I also like that my performance depends on me alone. So I am in charge of nearly everything concerning the job itself.
Of course, it is hard. You have to learn to recover from a losing spree, which is not easy. You also have to learn to overcome the fear.
Read Patryk's story
When I was a teenager, I decided to start taking steps to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a trader by investing in the Forex market. I invested this way for 4 years straight with mixed results, but my hard work finally paid off when I came across OSTC and was given a chance to prove myself.
At first I wasn’t sure if I could handle the transition from trading petty cash through my laptop to a real-life trading floor; but after overcoming my initial shock, I was able to adapt. There is no doubt in my mind that the reason I was able to take such a huge step was the support of my fellow traders and the patience and guidance of the managers. Since then, I have grown as a trader and am even one of the best in the office. One of the most important things to keep in mind when looking to become a successful trader is being able to discipline yourself. The other is listening to those more experienced than yourself and to never stop learning.
Read Pawel's story
My trading story began when my father gave me some money for my 18th birthday and encouraged me to invest it on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. I continued to trade on my own while studying at Poznan University of Economics. In my last year at the University, I decided to apply for a job at OSTC. It was one of the best decisions in my life.
I’ve been trading now for almost 10 years, and there have been many ups and downs. I remember how focused and locked-in I was while trading Bund, Bobl and Schatz during the rollover period. Every quarter we tried to make as many trades as possible, constantly staring at trading screens (or almost 14 hour a day ). It was a great opportunity to build your confidence, discipline and of course to make good, profitable trades. On the other hand, it’s hard to forget how one bad day on Gasoil could turn your whole months profit into zero.
Read Ravish's story
My journey at OSTC has been a roller coaster ride, but I am enjoying every bit of it. I come from an engineering background, so I did not have much knowledge of finance. So, in training they taught me all the required finance terminologies including the trading basics. Every day is a different experience, where you have to manage your emotions. There are days where things do not go right, you lose money, but still people are there for you, always having your back, guiding you at every step. If you are performing well, you are rewarded with bonuses, and there are times when rewards are way more than your basic pay! The thing that distinguishes OSTC from other trading firms is the faith and commitment it has toward its employees.
Read Thomas's story
My love of trading is about finding an edge and developing a strategy in Sterling and Euribor and seeing consistent results. It’s great to see how my ideas play out and be able to predict where the market is going. Back in October 2015, I predicted it would be a very warm winter which would lead to a steep fall in Natural Gas prices and spreads at the end of the year. On January 4th 2016, NASA confirmed it as the warmest winter since records began and Natural Gas prices and spreads fell throughout the winter.
Read Xiang's story
Trading is not a simple thing; you need to do lots of research in technical analysis, market development and the products you trade in. It needs hard work to be successful, as well as patience, passion and confidence. In fact, confidence is really important. I learnt that the market changes rapidly and sometimes I will lose money. So it can be hard to get those losses out of your mind, but you need the resilience and confidence to carry on and be successful.
Read Yury's story
I always wanted to be a trader. I read several books about trading and also have a little experience in the FOREX market; and during my studies at university, I did an internship at an investment bank. So what makes a good Trader? Managing risk and a good mood. I strongly believe that, if you can control your position with acceptable stops and don’t let your emptions take you over, you will be alright.
Read Amarkant's story
I started my career with OSTC India in May 2013, joining the Mumbai office after graduating from IIT, Kharagpur with an Engineering Degree. I was keen to remain in Mumbai after completing my education as Mumbai offers great opportunities to grow and learn in the financial industry plus providing a great life after work. Upon completion of my course, I applied for the Graduate Trader Programme and after rigorous rounds of interviews got selected as one of the recruits for the new batch to start training in May 2013. Since starting, I have had an ever expanding product mix and range of strategies which lead to my performance improving day by day. Having had an entrepreneurial mindset from the start, I wish to partner with OSTC on joint venture initiatives in the years to come.
Read Kamil's story
My adventure with trading began during my studies in economics. I was interested in financial markets and learning some trading basics on my own. Luckily at that time OSTC opened a trading lab at my University which led me to find out what calendar spreads are, how professional traders work and the differences between trading the different asset classes such as FX and stocks. Frankly I was really lost in what I was doing and why the markets weren’t always moving as fast as I’d seen FX do. After a few hours spent at the trading lab I couldn’t say that I knew everything but still I wanted to be a trader. I’d started work at a brokerage house where I learned a lot about technical issues connected with trading when I heard that OSTC was recruiting a new group of traders. Now, I’ve been trading for 6 months on real markets and I would not change it for any other job. For me trading can be compared with sport or playing an instrument. You need time and practise, practise and more practise. Within months you can easily notice the progress that you’ve made.
Read Alvaro's story
I have always liked the idea of working for a trading enterprise, but initially I only knew a little about the industry. Now I know a lot more. During my time at OSTC, it’s been great to learn so much and I’ve also enjoyed working with all the different people in our office.
It can be frustrating, especially when the markets goes against you and you have to make important decisions quickly. The secret is to be consistent, apply yourself and be passionate about your work.
If I wasn’t a trader, I’d like to think I’d be a musician!
Read Enrique's story
The hardest thing in trading, is to keep consistency over several months. Lots of things can happen and you need to keep patient, work hard and be disciplined. In reality, I don’t think the market news is important for my trading. I just try to focus on the price action.
My friends think I’m kind of crazy because they don’t really understand the nature of this business. Trading is very different from what most people assume. For me, it’s a great opportunity to build a career and show what I can do.
Read Matthew's story
Matthew started his career as a trader when he joined OSTC in February 2013, after studying Economics at Swansea University. Originally from Clarbeston Road, a small village in Pembrokeshire, Matthew was informed about the opportunities at OSTC by his course mate David Jones, who is now working as an FX Dealer for the company.
“The initial goal was very short-term as I just wanted to find out if this industry was going to be the right one for me. I quickly realised that it was an exciting opportunity, and then set out to improve every day through learning about different markets and their characteristics. For me personally, I haven’t set any long-term goals besides making as much money as possible, because every time you make a certain amount of money, you always feel like you can go one better. For this reason, the goals and targets are constantly changing”
Matthew admits that the first 18 months as a live trader were a struggle. It took him a while to find out which markets suited his skill set best. In order to overcome his initial challenges at OSTC Matthew applied plenty of patience, resilience, commitment and hard work. Matthew’s determination to succeed paid off as he began to see improving results which he has found very rewarding. He has since grown with the company and learnt to adapt to the ever-changing market conditions.
All traders initially experiment with different techniques and strategies before settling on a select few that suit their risk appetite and general approach. Matthew describes his approach to trading as trying to cover all bases:
“I tend to put on medium-term hedged positions based on a combination of historical research and by gauging a feel for the market which is produced as a result of my short-term, intra-day trading strategy. In addition, I do a lot of research into seasonal trades and hold these positions with a longer-term bias in mind.
When I began trading we started on the Short-Term Interest Rate (STIR) markets, but after plenty of experimenting with these markets, and many others, I found Gasoil and Sugar to be the markets which most suit my trading style, and so now they have become my main markets. However, I also cover a vast array of different products with my seasonal trades in livestock and agricultural markets.”
In July 2016 Matthew travelled to the newly opened OSTC office in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang Province, to share knowledge and experience. The working hours of the office differed greatly to Swansea as Matthew was expected to work from mid-afternoon until the early hours of the morning. On reflecting upon his time in China, Matthew said:
“Everyone in the office was hugely welcoming and kind and it was a joy to help them, as well as using the opportunity to gain an insight into their way of thinking in relation to the markets.
Outside of the office, China was a real culture shock. We were asked to have our photo taken on a few occasions and had some interesting experiences with public transport and the local cuisine. As well as exploring the city of Hangzhou, we also had time to squeeze in visits to the spectacular cities of Shanghai and Beijing.”
Read Jacek P's story
For as long as I can remember I always wanted a job in the financial markets industry. It was during my studies when I first visited the OSTC offices and took part in an Open Day organized by company’s Poznan branch.
When I saw how the live futures markets looked and how they behaved I was even more confident that I wanted to be a part of the OSTC team.
I did not have a lot of experience in trading but the training I received during my first weeks as a professional futures trader was more than enough. The rest, however, was up to me. I always remind myself that self-discipline and a trading plan is what you need; these are the two key factors that can help you to achieve success.
Read Sophie's story
Sophie joined OSTC Wales in September 2013 as a Junior Trader after attending a careers fair in her final year of studying a maths degree at the University of South Wales. Trading was an industry that Sophie knew very little about but was intrigued by the potential earnings and the prospect of working with numbers in a challenging environment.
Originating from South Devon, Sophie was keen to avoid relocating to the city of London but wanted to explore her new found interest for financial markets in an environment that had a similar essence to home. At present Sophie is one of a handful of female traders in the office. In an industry that is associated with a dominant male culture times are changing but the large majority of OSTC applications still come from men.
“I knew this industry was male dominated but that was not a factor for me. The OSTC office culture, location and scope of the role are what I enjoy most. The earning potential and autonomy would be difficult to find anywhere else.”
“Trading is the most mentally challenging thing I have done in my life; learning to deal with the stress it creates is definitely part of the role. Since starting my time here I am constantly trying to improve the way I deal with the stress and it’s gradually improving!”
Work life balance is important to Sophie and she feels that OSTC provides a strong workplace culture that encourages a healthy social calendar outside of the office.
“It’s a really unique trading floor in Swansea. We are a young office with the majority of our Traders being 30 or younger so there’s always lots of chatting and we have a good time at a range of social events, from office drinks once a month and meals out to events we organise ourselves such as Poker Nights and Horse Racing.”
Sophie believes that adaptability and confidence are key to becoming a successful trader however she explains at the start of her career it was highly important to be self-motivated in times where there were limited rewards.
“I put in a lot of hours at the start and didn’t expect to make money for at least the first year; I just wanted to learn and understand the markets whilst taking minimal risks so as to not damage my confidence. The first couple of years were really tough and after trading a variety of markets, starting with Short-Term Interest Rates (STIRS) and soft commodities such as Sugar, Coffee and Cocoa, I finally found my stride in the Energy markets. Mostly Brent Crude Oil and Gasoil. Now, 3 and a half years on, I continually set myself targets, they can vary from small daily goals up to a yearly target.”
Trading results have excelled for Sophie and so far 2017 has been no different in terms of her progression. Last summer she spent time in Hangzhou assisting with the development of Junior Traders in our new China office.
“It really struck me how global this industry is. My only experience of trading until recently was from our Swansea floor. It really helped me appreciate that the numbers I see on the screen everyday reflect market participants from all over the world. My access to the market is equal to that of a trader in London, Chicago or New York. Electronic markets have made this career available to people like me.”
Outside of work Sophie enjoys exercising as much as she can and is also an exceptional pianist and cook. Playing the piano provides Sophie with a much needed break away from the trading screens and also allows her to unwind after a tough day.
Read Suresh's story
I was very interested in trading from my college days. I read a lot about it, understood what it is and how it works and found it very intellectually challenging.
OSTC is a place that gives both opportunity and time for a trader to learn and develop. This was very important for someone like me who hasn’t traded before.
The hardest thing about trading is that there are days you lose money no matter what you do. Staying focused and confident after making the losses is really hard. Discipline is the most important thing one must master to be successful, along with risk taking ability and logical thinking.