I've read the threads. I am a recent college grad and worked a couple of months as a trainee for a full service brokerage firm. Realized brokers are really just salespeople and quickly left that to get into trading. (I read the broker bashing threads) Applied to IBs, hedge funds but missed the boat on recruiting that's done in November. I'd rather not wait and wanted to get into trading NOW. I have about 5k in capital. I have experience paper trading through undergrad classes in equities, bonds, options, and futures. I have experience "investing" with parents' capital, things commonly called moronlong positions. Any suggestions as far as, 1. Should I trade my own account with a retail broker? (is 25,000 min. for equities in effect) 2. Try to join a prop firm to get into training program and leverage of capital? 3. Wait till November to get on IB prop desk? I want to get in and do it right and most importantly last and make a career of this. Any suggestions, comments would be helpful. thanks.