Picking up the pieces...
I am looking for advice on my current situation... its a sad story until now but im trying to give it a good ending.
I am 28 years old, my dads a software engineer so I had no connections to ws. Out of High School I went to USC, partied like a Rockstar, picked up a decent drug habit, and failed out in 2 semesters. Went home to go to state, continued with drugs allowing it to get bad.
I dropped out of and ended up in rehab at 21, 3 years removed from hs. After that I went back to state school and finished 3 years later than planned. CT state schools excluding UCONN are not desirable. I got a 3.7. I did the best internships the school was offering, which were not close to the street.
Now I'm still in the 1st job I came across after graduating. Ops at a commodities brokerage. Its as bad as it sounds, but im living with my choices.
My cousin, same age as me, followed the normal track and is doing S&T in equity derivatives at boa. He is doing well financially and seems to like the job.
Someone please share an opinion on the most probable path to at least end up in a S&T.
My thoughts are
1) Military in reserves- then a masters either in finance, or programming full time. This would push out probably 2-3 years. Military would show im "reformed" straight edge guy, negating the 1 marijuana arrest on my record.
2) Keep on applying for junior trader roles in equity derivatives and pray to God I hear back from one.
3) Study for the GMAT as I continue working full time. Then apply to masters programs, and go at night. Also probably a 3 maybe 4 year process.
Thus far I have had no call backs/ interest. Sorry for tone, i'm obviously down atm. Appreciate any input.
Any ideas out of the box would be great, I appreciate any input.