Hey guys I have a unique situation. I plan on soon begining a career path as a trader and am trying to figure out which area of the market would be best to position myself in. In terms of getting a job, making big bucks, and not being replaced by a computer. Here is my deal, I just graduated from a state school with a 4 years degree in mathematics of finance, 3.5 gpa at the age of 33. I have been day trading and hanging out here on elite, trader on and off for 3 years as a hobby while I went to school. I never made any money, but I also managed to not loose much and I learned a heck of a lot on my own. At nite I have worked as a bartender and I have managed to meet a lot of people in the financial industry who can probably get me some interviews, although only a couple of them are traders themselves, most of these people are pretty high up and with big firms. UBS, Bank of N.Y, cantor, ect... and some hedge funds and even on the floor of Nymex and NYSE. So I am pretty sure I can get some key interviews and hopefully a job. The question is, where do I want to go . 1) prop trading....who is the best, I mean top teir firms, who are they , the only ones I know of are the ones here on elite. 2) how about trying to get a job with a hedge fund? what type?, big, small 3) how about the floor, not really big on NYSE, but NYMEX seems apealing to me. 4) do I want to be with an invetment bank or another type of firm Basically, I have some big contacts with a lot of people in-directly related to what I want to due. But don't underestimate the power of networking, It is through knowing people that most people get the best jobs and I am confident that I will eventually land myself somewhere, the question of course is, if I can have my choice? wheir do I want to go? I want to trade, not shuffle paper for a decade, and I want to make big money down the road 300K+. I know I have to start somewhere, and get some formal training and all. I just don't know where best to start and at the age of 33 I don't have time to waste somewhere will I won't be able to grow. I can also sell and I know I can bring money in to a firm if I believe in them , but I don't want to be a broker.