I'm gonna start off by talking about myself a little bit. I'm 16 years old and I'm a junior in a high school in the suburbs surrounding NYC (Long Island). I come from a working class family where we get by, but things can get pretty tight at times. I really have a strong interest in finance, and it's not just the money, I really find economics and finance very interesting,
I even have a virtual trading account and I'm beating all of the indexes significantly this year! I know a lot about the markets as well, because I follow them religiously and read about investing and business as much as I can; my friends even make fun of me because of how much I know about business and investing.
I have really good grades right now and I hope I can get into a good College like NYU or even Wharton. Alright, I know that long term I would like to start and manage a hedge fund, but I don't know exactly what I should do after college. Should I get a job in IBD or maybe trading? Which one will help me with my long term goal of becoming a HF manager? Also what is compensation like for S&T? I hear that it's like $80k before bonus, but just how high can your bonus be? I like prop trading, but I doubt that's gonna be around long with all this crap the Obama Administration is implementing like Dodd Frank and the Volcker Rule. When it comes to work/life balance or hours, I really don't care at all as long as I'm making good money and learning a lot. I'd rather sacrifice my time while I'm young and I can handle it, so that I can enjoy the finer things in life in the future.
My plan for a while was this:
-Go to college and major in Finance, Math, Economics
-Hopefully land a job at one of the big banks, Goldman or UBS either as a trader or banker (still not sure which one!)
-Slave away for 2-3 years and then get an MBA
-Keep working at a bank or move to a HF. After doing this for another 5-7 years I would like to start my own HF when I'm in my low to mid 30s
-Then get crazy returns and grab a spot on the Forbes 400!
Ok, the last one might be pushing it a little bit, but hey, you never know!
I know that none of this will be easy and I will have to work really hard, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes because this has been my dream for a while now and I can't see myself doing anything else.