I was recently given an offer to work next year for a prop shop in New York. It pays a salary for the first year and I do not have to put up capital. It seems like a decent deal to me. Is it? I have a few questions if you don't mind. I tried searching the forums for answers, but did not find answers specific to my questions. I hope you can help: 1. Why does a prop.shop exist? If I do not put up capital, what is in it for the owners or the capital contributors? Why don't they just trade for themselves? I mean, if they're good enough to trade, why would they teach me how to trade... why don't they just trade the money themselves? 2. What do they have to gain by hiring me? I realize they make commission on trades I make, but are those commissions > than just trading their own money? I don't even put up capital. 3. Whats the advantage/disadvantage of trading for a prop shop like Trillium or Chimera instead of a prop desk of GS or Deutsche? 4. Most importantly, what am I going to learn? can I use these skills if I leave the firm? Should I work here or apply to standard consulting/banking routes? Thank you, be gentle.