With more high achieving and qualified graduates entering the job market after finishing their University degrees, the Finance sector is becoming an industry with a stiff competition. Students with more experience and employability skills will always be ahead of those that don’t. My goal was to gather as much relevant work experience as possible in order to increase my chances of landing a successful job at the end of my studies; so when the chance to attend the London Forex Show showed up, I knew that it was my chance to learn and network. It was an opportunity to increase my existing knowledge and skills in trading, but more importantly, a chance to network with existing firms in the industry.
The event revolved around a large auditorium with around fifteen different firms showcasing their products and services. This gave me a brilliant opportunity to chat and get to know many employees from these firms, and express my interest in gaining experience with them. From the day I came away with three different contacts from companies who were interested in talking further about internships and experience at their firm, including the London based firm Bitstocks, who specialises in Cryptocurrency trading. Those companies receive hundreds of applications, and thus it would have been extremely difficult to get the contact details of people in charge, have I not attended the event.
The day was also broken up with around twenty different talks on Forex and Crypto trading. Being able to have a competent understanding the area that you are interested in is incredibly helpful, particularly during interviews. I gained an extremely useful knowledge from industry experts such as Alpesh Patel, a very successful hedge fund manager, as well as other highly regarded traders.
One of the most positive aspects of this experience was the motivation this event has sparked in me, which made me even more determined towards my studies and meeting my long-term goals. The BKEW, apart from networking with professionals from the industry, made me realise that in order to be hired by one of the companies at the event, I need to put my head down and achieve the best possible grades during my studies.
Overall, the BKEW gave me a brilliant opportunity to increase my awareness about the industry, to network and most importantly to get a better insight into the industry as well as people who will be very likely be interviewing me one day!
– Joshua Green is a 1st year Economics with Econometrics student