Over 90% of the people who attempt to earn a living from trading fail in this endeavor. If you are one of the 90%, what will you do next, especially if you spent several years trying to become a successful trader, but failed? Here's how I see it, and it doesn't look good: Your resume won't look so great -- who wants to hire someone who failed at a mult-year endeavor? Saying that you lost 100% of your trading capital (or more) doesn't look so good. Also, unless a top-tier investment bank gave you a shot a trading, the name of your last employer won't impress anyone except lower tier shops. Your network of contacts through your trading coworkers probably won't be so great either, because 90% of them are in the same boat as you. What job could you possibly get next? You most likely won't get a trading position at a top tier firm, as you don't have a successful track record. How many failed at trading, but was able to land a job with a top-tier investment bank afterwards? Very few I suspect. Less than 5%, and that's only because they had a stellar background before trying to trade for a living. How many failed at trading and ended up taking a less than desirable job to pay the bills? Over 85% is my guess.