Trading places – and derivatives

Trading places – and derivatives

Off By Ed Hanna

“Trading derivatives is a huge part of what we do, but it’s not the only thing. To be truly successful, we also need to find, train and mentor the very best there is.” It’s no surprise then, that OSTC are signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The company started life as a derivatives trading firm with a strong belief that anyone, anywhere, can learn and trade. This belief turned into their mission and they’re now teaching individuals and business across the globe how to succeed on the world’s biggest markets.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

As well as training traders, they offer hundreds of financial services training courses from entry level to expert level. They’ve created apps that measure physiological and biometric data to improve performance and functioning. And they’ve even built an AI mentoring and recruitment tool designed to find and nurture talent. 

What’s remarkable about this company though, is although it’s diverse in its offer, the company’s values and behaviours are a genuine fit with the Military community, as I found out from their Chief Strategy Officer, Corey Smalley.

Before joining OSTC Corey had a Military career spanning 27 years, until 2013 when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of 3rd Regiment The Royal Logistics Corps. 

In Corey’s words “OSTC is underpinned by an entrepreneurial spirit and the expectation that each employee has the ability and willingness to ‘step out of lane’, in order to realise results for the company. This philosophy utterly plays to the strengths of the Military community, who possess attributes which are highly desirable at OSTC – leadership, teamwork, flexibility, communication and problem-solving, to name but a few. 

“Attractive transferable skills and a passion for lifelong learning are particular standout qualities of Veterans, which allow them to continually evolve, in order to keep pace with change.

OSTC attracts and trains those that believe in a values-based organisation, that are bonded by an esprit de corps, which is centred around a purpose of ‘potential unbound’.”

The company currently employs Military veterans and Reservists across the organisation, with roles on the Board, ExCo, OSTC Markets and ZISHI. It has also recently hired a Military spouse as part of the Trading Futures programme, which strives to diversify its cohort of traders. 

There are often roles available in one of their 11 offices, which you can find on their website. And if there’s not a direct opportunity with OSTC then any one of the training courses can be a first step to starting in the financial services sector. From diplomas to degrees and beyond, if you have the willingness to succeed, they can help you realise your potential.

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