I received an offer from a local financial advisory firm to start training to be a broker next month. It is a small fee/commission firm and contract with active managers so no active management is done in house. I am a recent college graduate (attended college in Southern California) and now I am living at my parents rent/expense free in Northern California. Over the last couple years I have traded on and off, nothing serious because of time dedicated to working (Scottrade stockbroker intern and Citi Smith Barney operations trade associate) and academics. While in college, I co-managed two couple hundred thousand real-money portfolio's (one for my college's endowment and the other for a CFA Society). My situation that I would like advice on is whether or not I should take the broker position. They will license me (65,63,7) and that is great because in this job market, those licenses will help my marketability. Although I have experience at brokerage firms, I do not want to be a broker but in this job market I figure that I should give it a shot and save money so I can quit and trade. That is where the other issue comes in, if I am raising client assets, I shouldn't bail in a couple of months to trade right? If I do not take it, I figure that since I live rent and everything else free, I could spend 100% of my time on learning to trade and develop the knowledge necessary to be successful. Confused and in need of advise.