Hello All, I have a bit of a dilemma and I am hoping some of you might offer me some advice. I am a recent college grad (as in a couple months ago) of a tier 2 business school. I majored in Finance + Accounting (though I don't like accounting much) and minored in stat. I also have a strong computing background (including programming experience). I've always wanted to be a trader. I've got a collection of 20 technical analysis books and maybe 10 other trading books and of course all my finance books. I'm also studying for CFA Level 1. Anyway, I graduated and moved to NYC to work as an analyst at a very large financial institution "on the block" -- aka in midtown. It pays decently and the benefits are nice but I hate the work. The whole reason I picked up finance as my major in the first place was a total fascination in trading and the markets . I've always wanted to be a trader but often listen to other people tell me to stick w/ the safe analyst roles. Well I've had enough. I want to pursue my dream and become a trader. I am esp interested in derivatives but don't mind equity. Both would be good. I consider myself pretty sharp and a fast learner. I don't care about money that much though I need to figure out a way to sleep and eat and go out from time to time. I don't have too much money now, enough to go w/o income for a few months but not enough to trade. I guess my question is: what advice would you offer me about becoming a âcareerâ trader?