Final year students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences have recently commenced a six-month pilot undertaking an online trading education programme with live webinars, feedback and online resources. Students use demo accounts to gain experience on the Foreign Exchange, Commodities and Cryptocurrency markets, culminating in a group trading challenge. The pilot is specifically designed for final year students on Economics degrees who have not undertaken a placement, providing them with:

  • transferable skills in risk and money management
  • psychology and market emotions and self-awareness in decision making
  • ability to develop a process-orientated approach to problem solving
  • practical experience in the financial markets and trading systems
  • application of economic principles
  • teamworking skills

The course is delivered by The Two Traders, a business founded by University of Bath graduates. David Starley, MEng Chemical Engineering alumnus and Program Manager at The Two Traders, explains: "The Two Traders is a trading education website set up for the purpose of teaching people the right way to trade and how to avoid the all too common scams in the Forex industry. I’m really excited to provide valuable experience for University of Bath students through our leading online course and trading challenge, not only because I attended the University myself but also since I understand the competitiveness of the graduate job market - the trading education programme is a great asset to add to your CV!"

Emily Richards, HSS Business Engagement Manager adds: "We’re committed to offering innovative opportunities for students who don’t undertake a placement to develop their applied skills, particularly in a year when placements have been disrupted. The trading course offers something unique for economics students and breaks down barriers to entering an employment sector often considered inaccessible to many. This programme is especially relevant for any students interested in a career in the finance or investment banking sector."

The students will be blogging about their experiences throughout the course, and an awards event will be held in March on completion of the challenge.