My eventual goal is to be employed as a trader (no specific product that I'm set on trading). There are a couple energy/fuel trading companies in my area: one is a co-op that provides energy trading and risk management services, and the other is a fuel wholesaler that provides fuel to commercial/government/wholesale customers. Would getting a job at one of these companies be a good first step to an eventual trading career? The specific positions I think I would be qualified for are research analyst, quantitative analyst, spot bid specialist, and/or contract bid specialist. Are these specific positions good stepping stones to a trading career, or are they "dead-ends" with no hope of moving into trading? I appreciate any help.