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Job Description

A Financial Trader buys and sells shares, bonds and assets for individuals and banks. They set prices and execute deals trying to maximum profits and minimise losses. They will act on behalf of a client placing orders and advising on market developments. Their aim is to buy low and sell high.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:1 degree in economics, maths, finance, business or accountancy would be preferable.  Entry without an HND or degree will be difficult but you could enter as an administrator and then eventually move up the scale. 

Career Path and Progression 

  • graduate trainee
  • analyst or trader
  • associate
  • senior associate
  • vice president or executive director
  • managing director.

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Confident
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to build a good rapport with clients
  • An interest in financial markets
  • Alert and able to think on your feet
  • Able to make difficult decisions
  • Physical and mental stamina

Starting Salary

£26,000 to £32,000

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