Non-target CS grad with decent trading account. Where do I go from here?
I'll try to keep this short. I graduated one year ago with a CS degree and 3.4 GPA from a non-target (think average state school, between top 25-50). I am a huge fan of trading/finance, but I am not sure if transitioning is the right move and how I should approach it. Currently, I am working a dead end programming job because I focused on trading. I'll keep it very vague and say my college internship money ($-30K) is ($250K-750K) after almost two years of trading. Realistically I can work for a FAANG based on those close to me and where they are at now. Should I focus on FAANG for superior WLB and decent salary, or try to transition into finance? If trading, I assume it would job but would I or MS/PhD? If the latter, would I do CS/math or financial engineering/similar? All I really have to my name is my trading record and goal of starting a personal company where I donate the majority of my wealth (points for originality? currently have made some progress towards this). Right now, I am leaning towards continuing to trade independently while working for FAANG but my dream as a kid was to work in IB. To be quite honest, I now despise the toxicity/arrogance and question why people don't just trade independently since I am nowhere near a genius but I see there are still benefits. Any advice on what you would do if you were in my position would be great! Thanks.
Edited to include time since graduation and starting trading.