Interesting replies... Honestly, I was suspecting that you were one of those "heard it all" but "not done at all" type in ET. Of course, you're not competent but I can see you've done some ground work. I replied because of all the BS. replies you got. (Everyone starts as newb. but some don't get it... *sad*) Anyways, I think you have the "basic" background and skills to apply for what you desire. I wouldn't limit myself to trade automation because a lot of discretionary traders aren't so logical. They use the conditional "feel" to describe their trading. (most will hate the control structure of if-then / for... discretionary trading is very very very very very very illogical... or should I say "rational" with their decision processing) You can be doing (offering) 2 things at first. The testing capability of their verbal ideas (try confirming your ideas... they won't get it even if you use UML or diagrams) and developing "tools" to simplify their trading. (When they see your detailed test results, they will complain... and be in denial... I can't and don't duplicate my own discretion even if I can program... it's just different) Finally... I wouldn't find a mentor in ET, as-is. Try searching or start up a thread for a ET meeting. Even if they're not your mentor, meeting a trader in person and asking questions are a lot more significant than all the posts in a BB. ET should be an opportunity, not a definition. In person, people are a lot more "normal" than what they post. Don't offer any $$$ or cash-back stuff. If they ask, be warned, they are under-capitalized. You have the skills (and the time), that's what you offer. (I'm a lot more pleasant in person... Chicagoans... back me up... ) Good luck. Everyone goes through tough times.