Ok - so maybe my situation is unique, probably not. I'm hoping someone can identify... I worked as a clerk in the trading pits. Learned a lot there but didn't quite "get it." Graduated university. Went to work for an institution (processor) of a relatively obscure commodity product. What I experienced in the pits started to soak in and become relevant. My brain was making connections. While working for this institution, I lucked my way into a risk management position, executing the firm's hedges on the screen (a recently new concept) and eventually trading a proprietary/discretionary account. At first I lost a lot. Then I started to break even. After a few months something clicked, and I became remarkably profitable. Haven't had a losing week in six months. Haven't had a losing month in 10 months. My trades are mostly intraday scalps or spreads, and I usually go home even or spread. I get relatively little acknowledgment or reward for my gains and losses. I once overheard a floor trader say: "after a certain amount of time you feel a vibe and things just work, either you get it or you don't." I now know what he means. I am three years out of university, still repaying debt, and am not in a position where my profitability directly equates to salary/bonus within the firm. I live well below my means while still earning a great (or what I think is great salary, someone told me people with my similar function make 10x as much). I just feel fortunate to have had the practice on someone else's time. (Thanks shareholders.) With X$ buying power I can and a, consistently making money. I have spent hours and days figuring exactly what I need to get started. I am willing to make sacrifices to make this work. To put it simply - it will likely take more than few years to save the seed capital necessary to be successful. I don't want to wait. I can't wait. I'm about to explode. I've decided to look at alternatives... Seems the large banks and trading firms want guys with 5-10 years of experience. They want MBAs and CFAs. They want "sales traders." I am not a salesman. The entry level jobs with reputable firms are all about stats, mental math, computer programming, and brain teasers. (I'm really not that smart, just a guy who quickly recognizes patterns and is extremely risk aware, not much formal mathematical education anyway - I studied economics and music...) For other entry level jobs, interviewers have said I'm "overqualified" or were baffled by the fact that I have executed my own trades and ran my own positions. I have relatively few industry connections. I have a great P&L record. I am young and don't have much work experience in terms of years. What should I do next?