I graduated from a decent Canadian university. Top firms come here to recruit, but I don't think we are nowhere near the level of MIT. Anyway, I have a bachelor's degree in math and I have been working as a Software QA. But I'd like to switch over to finance. My strategies are:
1) CFA. The traditional ticket for engineers who wants to make a switch. MBA is absolutely not an option for me for personal reasons.
2) Aim for quant then move to S&T, which is probably really unorthodox. To do this, I plan on developing a software and trade with my own money. Unlike CFA where if I pass then I pass, it is really difficult to make an outstanding side project.
Can you suggest any other routes? Or how feasible are my plans? Thanks.