How to break into trading?
I graduated in 09 from a top 'target' school. I tried to get a startup going right out of college. It was not successful.
I lived quite frugally, but eventually ran low on cash and took a job as a software engineer. The pay is quite good, but I don't like this type of work. The prospect of doing this long-term (even a few months more) is starting to make me depressed.
I want to be a trader. Other than startup dreams, trading's been my only real interest since I opened a brokerage account a few years ago. I was up significantly until the 08 crash. I recovered somewhat, but had to start using my trading account money for rent and other things. I know that my this means nothing experience-wise (mostly random bets, no sense of where my edge came from because I had none), but I'm just trying to convey my interest in trading.
My major was highly quantitative. I have a good GPA. I have top test scores. I play poker.
I need some good advice as to how to go about breaking into the industry after missing out on my natural college-recruiting year. Is OCR still a good option for an 09 grad? And most programs probably start about a year from now; are there any firms that would let me start sooner? Does anybody in the field have any advice for this lost soul?