Hi everyone, I would like to be a trader for several reasons, however I am concerned and would like your opinions please and maybe some guidance. My concerns are: 1. I am 30 years of age and only now trying to become a trader. 2. I have no degrees, nor qualifications of such. 3. Companies are spoilt for choice with experienced people looking. 4. If I focus solely with a company's trainee programme, then again I will be competing with recent graduates. My possible positives are: 1. I am about to study for a certificate in derivatives from The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (formally ISI). 2. I have a CV which shows promotion in each and every company I have worked for and the ability to excel in all that I do, especially targets (promoted to bank manager for Barclays Bank which at the time I was the youngest bank manager and I looked after their biggest central branch). 3. I am currently an Associate Director for an Estate Agency in Central London (I understand that a sales background sometimes in property is welcomed). 4. My wife works within an industry that networks with companies HR departments, within the financial sector, so their is a possibility of interviews due to contacts. I would appreciate your honesty as I do not want to go into this blind and would like to focus on weak areas to give me the best opportunity. Secondly I am not sure what type of trader I would like to be? Certainly feel that a propriety trader would be good, but any ideas and suggestions welcomed and very much appreciated.