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The only advice I would ever give to a budding female trader is to go for it!

City of London trading and brokerage firm, Schneider Trading Associates (STA), is on the lookout for more women to join their ranks, particularly through its Professional Trader Programme (PTP), which is also a known sponsored graduate programme.

There are fewer females than males working as traders but STA understands that possessing the right aptitude and attitude is critical to a successful career, not gender. One of Schneider’s traders, Katy Nemilenceva, has worked at its City office for two and a half years and trades fixed income (fly and ted). Since she started her career through STA’s PTP, she has proven that there are opportunities for both sexes to shine and wants to encourage more women to apply for the programme, she explains:

“The only advice I would ever give to a budding female trader is to go for it! When I finished university, I was unsure of what I wanted to do exactly; the only thing I knew was that I wanted to do something more challenging and different from a usual nine to five job and the opportunity to join Schneider’s graduate training programme was just that.

“The first few months were getting used to new people and the male atmosphere of the trading floor but all of us are here for one and only reason – to make money. Although the arcades are full of typical male orientated conversation, I love the guys here and a few of them are like my family. I’m the only female on my particular floor and they do make me feel a bit special but I’d love to see more women applying for the PTP and throw themselves in to what I think is the best career in the world .”

There is stiff competition for the PTP, not least because Schneider offer the course for free, back successful candidates and offer them fully supported self employed trading career in their state of the art city trading arcade.

Head of training at STA, Matt Silvester, said: “Currently we are receiving large numbers of applications, due to graduation time and the fact that there are not as many jobs out there as there once was, but we want the best of the best. Whether someone has always wanted to become a trader or it’s a career they have recently opened their eyes to, I’d love to hear from all interested parties and review their CVs, skills and hear about their passions.”

To learn more about the Professional Trader Programme and how to apply, visit For all the latest trading news on Twitter and Facebook, connect with @schneidertrader and /SchneiderTrading.


Keredy Andrews
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