Hi, I am at the crossroads right now. I am 32 yr old female, living in Germany, have worked in investment banking and hedge funds in the operations/back office/middle office departments as an FX/Futures/Options operations/middle office execution clerk. From day one I always wanted to get into trading. This is actually why I started off in operations, I thought I can easily slip into a trading role. When I first started applying for trading positions, the feedback was that I did not have any experience in the field let alone trading. I had two great offers, one I turned down due to personal reasons (my dad was very sick and I had to be close to my parents) the second offer I turned down cause I heard through the grapevine company was going to close (it was Refco). Throughout I have traded here and there but did not file my broker statements. I did however have a trading plan and stuck religiously to my plan. There were times during the years when I could not trade for a while because of the compliance rules I had to adhere to due to my workplace. Anyway, after looking around for a trading job, and also being aware that many others are trying to get into such positions, I am thinking about going prop but this time around with a more disciplined approach i.e. doing appropiate archiving of all my documents and forming a track record. Any words from the wise on this board who have followed a similar path? P.S. Do you guys think I should also still apply to local traders positions although I have no considerable experience and obviously I am not a 20 year old?