Read Daniel's story
Read Daniel's story
The summer learning experience offered at OSTC’s Brighton office is a great opportunity for graduates with an interest in financial markets and trading. While a Finance related degree is not necessary, I found a lot of my knowledge was of great use throughout my internship.
Interns will have the opportunity to see first-hand the financial markets at work and trade on real-time simulators, vastly different to the often theory-lead approach to degrees. I found the laissez-faire approach of the internship highly motivating, with a focus on individual trader strategy and personally chosen products and markets. Whilst that being said, there is constant support from both junior and senior traders, as well as MD Sam Baker. Their help provided invaluable support, as well as a source of inspiration and knowledge. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere mixed with highly focused and dedicated traders create a appropriate trading environment.
The products interns should expect to trade are futures contracts of commodities, fixed income, STIRs and FX. Interns should be excited to learn how futures work, as well as the many different futures spreads that exist; bull/bear, butterfly, condor, etc.
Another unique aspect of the internship is the location, Brighton. The sea-side city provides a refreshing change from London, which encourages a great work-life balance many struggle to maintain while working in London.
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