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Cassandra, Fixed Income Trader

J.P. Morgan

Cassandra studied Finance, Economics, and Statistics

What do you do at J.P. Morgan?

I trade fixed income products such as bonds and currency for clients including banks, asset managers and hedge funds. Being tied to market hours is great because every day starts and ends at a reasonable time (so no late hours or weekends!) but every day is different and interesting.

Can you describe the culture of J.P. Morgan?

My favourite part of working for the Sydney office is I feel like I have the benefits of a global firm with the culture of a local one. My team is really fun to work with; they are a great mix of hard-working individuals while still being pretty laid back.

Why did you join J.P. Morgan?

I applied for the markets sales graduate program, which gives you the opportunity to rotate and includes seven weeks of training in New York. This program was great because I wasn’t sure what area of the firm I wanted to work in and it gave me a chance to try lots of different teams. That ended up being beneficial since the team I joined wasn’t anything like what I imagined I would do at the start of the year.

What career advice would you give to students who are starting to apply for opportunities after university?

Don’t underestimate the benefits of working for a large global company like J.P. Morgan. I never thought about the potential to work in another country or have global interactions when I was applying for roles. I am lucky now that I have that opportunity!

What is one of the best aspects of being an employee at J.P. Morgan?

I love all the networking and training programs offered to analysts and associates. As a more junior employee, you feel supported and that the firm is investing in you. I am a chair for the Asia Pacific Analyst & Associate Council, which means I help organize and shape the direction of these programs.

Where do you see your career taking you?

I would love to work in another country with J.P. Morgan, hopefully in London for a few years.


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