As we all know, the I-banking job market is a bit slow now. Furthermore, most of the I-banks are finished recruiting for the year, so if one was applying as a âfresh graduateâ it would be difficult to find a job in an I-bank now. Any way, I was thinking about taking a job at a prop-shop, trading futures. The job sounds like scalping, and provides a âvery shortâ (2-months) training period. Well, scalping and reading charts is not the most advanced strategy around. I highly doubt I will learn much of about quant type derivative trading (hedging, trading the greeks etc.) Of course many people just scalp and are quite successful, but right now, I want to do a bit more than that. Will taking a job at one of these small shops early in my career hurt my chances of getting an I-banking/hedge fund job? Some âquant traderâ kind of suggested that time in a prop-shop was not a good idea. Is this true? Is there a better way? Are there any prop-shops run with a quant emphasis? I do agree that maths ability has little correlation with successful trading and there are many more factors involved that make a successful trader, but I want to continue learning about trading and a good place to learn is probably in an I-bank or hedge fund. right? Any quants, quant traders out there? I would be grateful for your advice. thanks in advance.