A little background:
Have huge passion for becoming a successful trader (who doesn't?)
Got a math and economics degree from a top 25 university a year and a half ago
Spent 6 months as an options market maker after college - made money but was fired when volatility dropped and orders dried up
My question is, I live in the Chicago area and have been trying to get another gig for the past year with no luck. I feel like I've sent in an application to every place in Chicago and I've gotten about 5 interviews with no success. I'd really like to just start as a clerk at the CBOE or CBOT but I guess those jobs are hard to come by. The only place I really know to look for a clerking job is on Craigslist and a clerk position only seems to come up maybe once a month.
Another point, my GPA in college wasn't very good - 2.9. It seems like that coupled with my "experience" which wasn't really long enough for me to catch on as an "experienced" candidate anywhere are knocking me out of consideration everywhere.
Anyone have any pointers on firms that might be hiring or is it time to give up the trading dream?
Thanks for any and all input.
A year and half out of a top 25 university and you're ready to give up your dream? I guess you best give up; no use being a damn fool about it.
BTW: Would you consider yourself part of the confirmation of this research: College is pretty much a total waste of time:
<blockquote>After two years in college, 45% of students showed no significant gains in learning; after four years, 36% showed little change.
Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago, the research shows.</blockquote>
They also seem to give up easily when faced with challenges.