A little background first. I have been trading for a little over a year now. I am looking at graduation here in a couple of months. I have been working trading a fund that several fellow students, a professor of mine, and I set up. Things have been good so far. I have been trading well, making money, and we are getting more interest from other investors (mostly alumni). I have made several connections in the Chicago area and am hopeful about finding a good job trading there. Probably prop. My situation is this. I am in love with traveling. my gf and I have been talking about and saving for a backpacking trip through europe. The trip in tentatively planned for this summer/fall. Will companies support things like this? If I were to start working in January and then take 3 months off starting in Oct., will I be making enemies? Are the chances very good I would have a job when I came back? my second option would be to wait until after I get back to find a job. I don't really have any capital to speak of, otherwise I would just wait and trade for myself for a while - that means a stupid temp job for a while. Would companies see me not taking offers and not following my colleagues (who are also graduating in december) and take this as a sign that I am not interested or driven enough? sorry for the lengthy post. I am located nowhere near any financial district and my only insight into the workings of these companies is through others experience who post here and a few friends. Any help is appreciated.