Hi guys, Iâve read a few of the qualifications threads, but I would like peopleâs advice for my particular set of circumstances. So if you could spare a few moments to read my situation and offer any advice that would be great. I work for a broking house on one of their commodities broking desks (Exchange traded derivatives, not OTC). The company is FSA registered and is a registered FCM with the NFA in the US. In my current job we donât deal with retail clients, all clients are institutional. Just a little background. I have passed the following (in order).... â¢ I graduated about 6 years ago. I have a 1st class degree (Computing and Business ) â Not from a Red Brick unfortunately. â¢ SII Level 3 Certificate in Administration (IAQ) â¢ SII Certificate in Derivatives. ( Unit 1, and Unit 3), and registered with the FSA under my company as an âApproved Personâ â¢ Series 32 (NFA) Only needed to do one bridging exam here because of the SII Cert being recognised by the NFA. So under my companyâs name I am registered with the NFA as an âAssociated Personâ. We donât even have any US based clients, but I asked to do the exam anyway and the company agreed. Now, I have been working on the desk for about 3 years (having no previous experience of broking). All is going well and I canât complain money wise for my age (28). However I'm almost 30 and my fear is that when all is said and done other than gaining some experience my above qualifications werenât hard, and donât really amount to anything. For example, my friends are becoming chartered in their respective industries, and I really donât have anything substantial that I would call a âprofessionalâ qualification. I worry if I lose my job my c.v. doesn't really amount to that much. With the increase in DMA, whilst the broking houses themselves can grow and profit through a business model based on DMA for clients, I worry that broking is becoming harder and harder for the phone broker, requiring one to find more and more ways of providing added value, for essentially lower and lower commissions. I could be very wrong, but I fear I have missed the boat when it comes to making very decent money in the broking game ( from the stories I hear the real money was made back in the days of pit trading). Iâm really lost for where to direct my career. Iâve always said that ideally Iâd like to make the transition over to the other side of the phone and become a trader for one of the clients, on their commodity trading desks, but Iâm not sure how likely that would be, or maybe sales. So a few questions if I may.... 1) If you were me what would you look to do? (Please no funny comments like âbe thankful you have a jobâ â I am acutely aware of the current climate and am thankful I have a good job as it is, but Iâm ambitious and want to better myself). 2) Would you recommend doing the CFA? Are there any more specific âcommoditiesâ based professional exams, as that is the realm of finance I find most interesting. 3) Would you stick where I am â maybe ask my company to put me through the CFA (though I not sure how that would benefit them - and I've never heard of anyone else at the firm taking it), try applying for sales trader roles in banks, get friendly with clients and see if theyâd take me on? etc etc Thanks for any input or advice you might have. A rather lost feeling Papa.