My success story- how i went from a 2.5 gpa to a senior trader in 3 years.
I was always in the "dumb" classes growing up, but I was good with numbers, and at an early age I fell in love withand knew that's what I wanted to do.I was able to squeak my way into a semi- target for undergrad and barely graduated with a degree in Finance and a whopping 2.5 GPA.
If you've read any WSO forum you'd be a fool to think of having any shot of breaking in with those credentials. I didn't listen, I didn't care and despite all this, was still good with numbers, smart, and understood the markets better than anyone in my class.I got a job out of school at a mid sized broker dealer working in middle office ops. After about a year of pissing my life away I passed my. Not long after I began interviewing with buy side firms to fill middle office roles which gave me the self confidence i needed.
I then got a certification for Python in data science after an interviewer fromsuggested i work on my quant skills. Not long after, I landed a gig at a prop firm as a Trading and ops analyst supporting the equity desk. And lucky for me, this was one of the fastest growing prop firms in the industry. After only 6 months I got promoted to be a junior trader. After another 6 months of learning how to actually trade, I moved to a full time trader on the desk trading equities and digital assets.
I love what I do more than anything. I wear sweatpants and sneakers to the office, work from 5 am - 1 pm and will pull about a half a million this year at just 25 years old. I didn't go to a good school, didn't get good grades and didn't come from money. Despite this, I'm working with some of the brightest minds in the business. Don't let anyone on here tell you you're not good enough, or your school or GPA or dads buddy is the key to getting into this business. If you're smart, and work hard you can do whatever you want to do.
I can't for the life of my understand why this forum is so obsessed with your school or the name of the bank you work for. You have one life so just fuckin do what makes you happy. I'd love to answer any questions you guys have about what I do, and how I got here. Love all you guys, and thank you for the years of motivation, good advice, bad advice and everything in between.