Hello All, I need some advice from the forum and the seasoned professionals. I've recently graduated from EE last year, and am currently working for a fairly large and reputable company. The Job is: - Secure - Moderately good pay - Excellent benefits, and stock plan - the work is in the IT field - most of the people here are great - my current manager is questionable - the current work I do gets very little respect within the company, (other then from our team) b/c its pretty much grunt work - 25-30 years later I would only probably be middle mangement with an avg 120K-150K salary (If i stayed that long) I feel that this is may not be the place for me. My goal is to one day be a fund manager or an equity trader with one of the big firms in NY. Except as of right now I dont' have any experience. I have been seriosly thinking about quitting my current job, and working for a Prop firm ie Swifttrade (I know the majority of the forum doesn' like ST) But i would just be using it to get experience. I have also been taking the csc, will take the derivatives, options course, and trading course available. a couple questions: 1) would larger firms like Goldman, JP Morgan etc even care or look at that experience ? 2) do you have any other recommendations on how to approach my goal ? I would basically have to give up a stable income, with a great company, but with a limited future, for a unstable income, but with a potentially unlimited future. Any advice, thoughts comments or concerns would be greatly appreciated.