How hard is it really for non target, non white, older male to get a seat in trading?
Background: I am currently a quantworking under SnT dep and I'm trying to get a seat in actual trading. I have some years of enlisted military experience under my belt and it took me years/luck/effort to become a quant as I am now. I used to be a straight A student and got 5 on all my AP calc classes in junior year while playing contact sports in HS and I was living by myself and had to move from house to house almost every single year. My family could not support me financially for college therefore I enlisted. Leaving academics for military then back to the old route(undergrad+master) really takes a toll on me, I am now in my early 30s.
I have been preparing/interviewing for almost a year now trying to( and ) and found it to be extremely difficult. I always thought my quant backgroud(or maybe military backgound? it can be a disadvantage) would be an edge for me among other candidates, but my experience in recruiting tells me otherwise. For buyside prop firms, I would get most of my technical right but get for the reason of "not considered to be a good fit", or the interviewer will ask me a very practical trading question(stuff that you only learn from the job) which I have zero exposure to for a junior trader role and expect me to answer it perfectly, or in a even worse case, the interviewer asks me what my parents do for living, how did they come to this country and get rejected after this behavior round. Sellside my application and I cant even get an interview with them.
But on the forum some of you guys make it look like a walk in the park to get a seat in trading, and I notice that younger guys(mostly white male) with almost zero market knowledge and not stem would get BB SnT offers easily(even from non target) This makes me to question myself if there really is a age/race/school preference in the trading business. Should I keep pursing in this direction?