I am 22 and graduated about 6 weeks ago and was fortunate enough to be taken on by a top IB. I am in a operations role which while very well paid (for a 22 year old) doesn't fit my career aspirations. I want to move into a front office role asap, as I don't want to be stuck in back office for the next ten years. My plan is too do as many professional qualifications as possible, my options are do the IMC and then start the CFA, or do a masters degree in finacial markets and derivatives. Due to the fact that I am on a temp contract I will have to fund all qualifications on my own so its a big step to take. I am probably going to do this for a year and learn as much as possible before trying again for the IB grad programs which hopefully will be alot keener to take me on with a years experience and extra qualifications. Do I have the right idea or am I dreaming? Is it possible to get into front office from where I am and is my plan the best way to achieve it? All advice is very welcome, I have alot of respect for many of the guys on ET as you have been there and done it.