Maroine Akki: Trader at Citi, Morocco

    Maroine Akki

    What course did you do with Amplify?

    I attended the summer internship programme from late July to early September 2017.

    What are you doing now?

    I’m a junior trader at Citi. I’m based in Casablanca and the big part of my role includes trading foreign exchange with clients. This covers spot and forward transactions. My responsibilities also comprise optimising the bank’s balance sheet in both local currency and the dollar. I also help preparing decks for presentation to clients and senior management liaising with Sales. As of now, I worked on side projects involving VBA programming. Occasionally, I enter into positions!

    How has Amplify helped with your career development?

    The short answer would be in multiple ways. On one hand, the Amplify experience helped me understand the structure and different roles within investment banks. For someone with an engineering background, it made a difference as I was aware of where to apply and made me question whether I really wanted to work in financial services.
    On the other hand, the course delved into details of financial markets, which not only helped me to discuss advanced topics during my interviews with Citi, or with other IBs, but also served me well during my job. The simulation technology at Amplify is quite astonishing because first, it replicates a dealing space on Reuters or Bloomberg, and second it matches the kind of interactions between the buy-side and the sell-side that happen in real world.

    What advice would you give to someone looking to obtain a job in financial markets?

    Given the fierce competition for roles in financial markets, every financial and leadership experience you add into your CV sets you apart. Some students attend Oxbridge, which represents an advantage, others go to Amplify because it gives them an edge with all the rewards of the programmes.

    I would recommend Amplify for anyone willing to break into the IB domain, in particular sales and trading. In terms of advice on how to obtain an internship in financial markets, I recommend these two sources of valuable information:

    • Debanu Ghosh’s, Summer Analyst at Morgan Stanley, answer on Quora HERE.
    • Jonathan Jones’s, ex-Goldman Sachs HR, contributions on Quora HERE.
    What was your most memorable experience at Amplify?

    I do not recall a particular memorable experience as the whole programme was terrific. Three people marked my time at Amplify: Anthony sharing his markets views, Saif reviewing my intra-day trades and Xiao’s career advice and guidance.

    You can view Maroine’s LinkedIn profile HERE.