Amplify Trading to Goldman Sachs

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO THE AMPLIFY TRADING SUMMER INTERNSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM?

I chose the Summer Course after the trading flow simulation you invited me to do with Manchester University. I really enjoyed the dynamic aspect and the fact that we learned by doing and I resonated with you, Anthony and Will. I was following Anthony’s Morning Briefings and after talking with someone who did this program last year, I decided to join.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE COURSE?

The biggest highlight was discovering where I can excel and where not: I really enjoyed the S&T simulations and I discovered so much about my own psychology and how I deal under stress.

HAS THE COURSE MET OR EXCEEDED YOUR EXPECTATIONS?

It exceeded my expectations by being very intense and technical: all the simulations we played (from S&T to M&A and broker) really helped me create an idea about that job position and if I will be a good fit or not.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO EITHER BE TAUGHT/GAIN ON THE PROGRAMME?

Yes, the networking aspect: I really enjoyed that we got in contact with inspiring people and that we listened to their story: the one from Ayman from VCMT really stuck with me because I am also ambitious and dynamic like him.

HOW HAS AMPLIFY TRADING HELPED IN LANDING A ROLE AT GOLDMAN SACHS?

I applied to Goldman Sachs in the summer of 2019, before learning about Amplify Trading, however the Amplify Trading experience really helped me get up to speed when joining Goldman Sachs (it really helped me with the discipline, knowledge about finance and the macro environment and how trades are settled/how investment banks make markets).

DID YOU FIND YOU HAD MORE CLARITY ON WHAT ROLE IN FINANCE YOU WANTED TO PURSUE, AFTER COMPLETING THE INTERNSHIP?

For sure! Because I like the markets and the learning about the macro developments, I feel I’m a good fit in S&T or Asset Management. I am currently applying to MS to their S&T summer internship.

HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO RECOMMEND THE COURSE TO A FRIEND?

Very likely, I recommended this course to Pajani Govinden, who is currently doing it and it seems that he is liking it. I also talked about it at my university and I cannot wait to start promoting AmplifyME with my Irish friends.


Goldman Sachs Analyst to Hedge Fund Trader

What roles have you secured since finishing the Amplify Trading Summer Internship Programme

I completed Amplify Trading's Summer Internship Programme in 2018, after that I secured an internship at Goldman Sachs Securities division in Summer 2019, and this year I’ll be joining DE Shaw’s proprietary trading desk as a summer analyst.

How did the Amplify Trading experience help you achieve such excellent opportunities?

Amplify Trading internship has helped me in many different aspects. It gave me a thorough overview of the financial markets and especially the trading part, which helped me decide what kind of job suits me the best. I also met a group of professionals who delivered many useful courses in finance during the internship and continued to help me during my application process in the following years.

What most excites you about trading for a hedge fund like DE Shaw?

DE Shaw is the perfect place where I can leverage my background in mathematics with my interest in trading. By working on their prop trading desk I’ll have the opportunity to identify trade opportunities and make my own discretionary trading decisions. I was also really impressed by the high calibre of DE Shaw’s employees after attending their company events, as well as the interviews, working with a group of people with sharp minds can motivate me to learn more and develop a steep learning curve.

Why did you choose to do the Amplify Trading in the first place?

I was in my first year when I heard about Amplify Trading and met their employees, the depth of their knowledge really impressed me, so I decided to attend an on-site event, after which I decided it would be a good place to get some insights of the market as well as to learn some practical skills, and it turned out to be an absolutely right choice.

What is the biggest highlight of the course for you?

The trading simulation, it gave me a taste of what trading feels like, the combination of watching market movements, taking care of my own position and managing risk was really exciting!

Would you be happy to help support other Amplify trainees as they try and follow your example?

Sure, I would be happy to help!

What would you advise other students like you to help them find and secure such fantastic career opportunities whilst at university?

Start preparation early and follow a clear plan. For example, if you’re applying for investment banks then the plan should follow CV/CL-Online Test-video interview-phone interview-on-site interview.

Be specific at what you want to do. It’s better to apply for something that you’re genuinely interested in (a specific division or even a specific desk) rather than applying for many divisions without knowing what you actually like. Try to get as many relevant experiences as possible on your CV.

If you’re applying for S&T, try to attend some trading related events, competitions or insight days. If you are minorities, there are many events tailored for you at big banks! For example, the women trader academy in Goldman Sachs, black heritage programme in Morgan Stanley, don’t miss the opportunity to attend those. Be consistent, in most cases you will be rejected many times before you get one single offer. If you are rejected, try to learn some lessons from that and move on. Try to balance your work and study during the busy application seasons.


From Physics Undergraduate to Morgan Stanley Trader

Why did you choose to do the Amplify Trading Summer Internship Training Programme?

I attended the Summer Internship Training Programme as a part of their partnership with Morgan Stanley in order to provide me with a solid foundation in trading, asset management and market analysis. I was particularly looking forward to the quality and expertise of the individuals at the firm and I was eager to learn as much as I could about the industry.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE COURSE?

The biggest highlight for me was being able to gain practical experience using Flowtrader and LiveTrader to trade real market-moving events in real-time.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ON THE COURSE AND HOW DID IT HELP YOU LAND YOUR ROLE AT MORGAN STANLEY?

The main thing I learnt on the course was not just being able to understand the market, but also being able to take a view on what you think would happen and how best would you be able to translate that view into the optimal amount of profit through your trades.

HAS THE COURSE MET OR EXCEEDED YOUR EXPECTATIONS? HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND?

The course has by far exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect to meet with so many amazing people who were also taking the course. Being able to get to know them and expand my network was an invaluable opportunity I didn’t expect to get and one I’m grateful for.


Amplify Trading to Morgan Stanley

How did the Amplify Trading experience help you achieve such excellent opportunities?

I took the Summer Programme in 2019 and this was as a result of a partnership with Morgan Stanley. It was the perfect place to learn about the financial industry. The firm has a great reputation in the industry and the people involved were really impressive! Being able to learn from some fantastic people all of whom have industry experience was certainly a highlight.

How do you think Amplify helped you land a role at Morgan Stanley?

The lectures and simulations are what sets Amplify Trading apart. Whether it is in the IBD division or Global Markets, Asset Management or Hedge Fund Trading through their range of simulations I was able to help to gain the most effective insight into what my dream role could entail and how to get there.

Understanding the roles within an Investment Bank allowed me to demonstrate that I understand the exact role I was interviewing for, the objectives necessary to succeed and how my skills can allow me to become a valuable asset to the firm.

I believe the role-specific practical application and training was the key driver for me securing a Sales & Trading Internship in Global Markets at Morgan Stanley.

Is there anything you did not expect to be taught on the programme?

I certainly didn’t expect to learn so much about markets, developing confidence in different perspectives and become so articulate in my views and forecasts in such a short period of time.

How has the course met or exceeded your expectations?

Certainly exceeded. I went in with quite a good idea of the company and the Summer Programme after the research I had done. However, I was surprised by the facilities, the network and the format of the whole internship. I did not expect to feel so immersed in “The City”.