Does trading your own portfolio successfully look good to hirers? I'm currently swing-trading $500 (don't laugh, it's the money I set aside for this purpose) for the last few months, and I've made 35% by buying (selling) calls with low (high) IV/HV ratios, in the expection that a reversion to the mean will occur, with trailing stops to protect my downside. Don't HFs, IBs, and prop firms look for sound risk management skills, and the ability to be profitable over a period of time as a major criteria for hiring traders? Also, my GPA in my general education college classes is 2.95, unfortunately. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, so I didn't apply myself. I have plenty of time to improve myself. What major do you recommend when I earn my BS degree at CSULB (only college I can afford), after I get my AS in cardiac sonography to pay for my college education. I'm highly partial to molecular biology, b/c I excell at that area of science, and that will open up opportunities like a biotechnology research career or medical school after graduation, if I can't get into a trading career.