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How hard is it to break into foreign exchange sales from a back office or middle office role?

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It’s not impossible, but it makes it more difficult if you’re not open to other front office roles or asset classes. As the poster above mentioned, why specifically FX? If you keep an open mind to other areas, chance of success if pretty high. Best shot is likely sales and trading program, but unlikely you’ll end up in FX sales, especially for both rotations. Likely have to put in time as a trading or sales analyst wherever you get placed and hope to land a full time role in the area you want.

Back office will be much more difficult than middle office transition to FO, mainly because you don’t get much interaction and more difficult to network. I think the work experience in back office is less applicable to front office than say someone coming from middle office.

So if someone is back office now, they can still work towards front office (best chance would be applying to S&T program), or looking for a middle office role to move you closer to the business where direct hire or moving to front office outside of acceptance into a program has higher chance of probability.

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Thanks for the response. I said FX mainly cause I know people within FX sales and I see that there are open spots within the teams there, so wanted to see if back office skills would somehow translate into FX sales roles

Why FX?

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