How can I break into a proprietary trading firm? My main goal is to trade equities or equity options at a prop firm, but I am willing to do anything related and am willing to work for peanuts to learn the business. I went to a no name school, got a 3.3 Overall, 3.7 Major GPA in Financial Markets Finance. I was part of a student-ran "long/short market neutral" hedge fund and learned a lot. Since then, for the past few years I have been working in operations for a couple different big banks building my Excel and VBA skills. I tried trading remotely with an "arcade" prop firm but failed miserably and lost a considerable amount of money( ~$20k) and realize I need mentoring/training if I am going to make a living doing this. I have read countless amounts of trading books and follow the markets religiously but I don't have much I can offer these firms on paper. Here are some options I have thought of to break in, do you think any of them are good? What else do I need to be doing? 1.) Will it work to start networking my ass off? 2.) Do whatever I can to get into a good MBA program. 3.) Go for my Masters in Financial Engineering. 4.) Build a track record in my own trading account with small size. 5.) Get a back office or assistant job at a prop firm and work my way up. 6.) Try to get into an internship program.