In my opinion, trade finance is a niche field within the larger fields of corporate finance and banking.
Which begs the question, how does one go about establishing a professional foothold in the field of trade finance?
1. The first is to apply to a big commercial or investment bank since these institutions are the most active recruiters of new graduates.
2. The portion of trade finance that is focused on technology has expanded and improved greatly, as has the surrounding technology. There are a variety of benefits to being involved in this field.
3. Work for a big management consulting firm like EY or KPMG to get into the trade finance industry. Career prospects exist since they provide trade finance advice services to clients.
4. Other types of corporations also need experts in trade finance. The most glaring example is the commodity industry, but huge corporations that sell and/or buy commodities also often employ trade finance experts.