…and heard back today: I have not been selected for an interview.
The job description at the level for which I applied did not specify any actual experience of trading packages or financial/corporate work, so I tried and…failed.
My message is: you have to start somewhere!
I was trying to see if what I have achieved (writing articles, curating my Forex YouTube channel, trading my own account) would be enough in the eyes of a company like the one I chose in this instance… It is important to put oneself to the test against the high standards set by professionals, and that is one of the reasons why, without ever having worked in finance, I pushed myself to do this.
Where do I go from here? Well, HR fedback is never too specific, and I expect there may have been hundreds or thousands of applications for each of those two positions: this gives the employer rich pickings, so you may have good potential but it is unlikely that there will be no other applicant with the same potential as you, if not double that.
Has anyone else applied for an analyst/entry-level position recently, in a bank or institution, and how did you get on?