I am in need of a little advice. This was covered a little while ago in an IB thread, but I wanted advice from some traders. My eventual goal is to end up on adesk or hedge fund, probably something with derivatives.
I was deployed with the army a couple years ago and, since high school wasn't a time that I studied a great deal, when I got back I started taking classes at the community college. Over the last two years I have been at community college attempting to transfer to a respectable school.
Finally, I have been accepted to transfer to Columbia, Cornell, and the University of Illinois. So I think that narrows it to Columbia or Cornell. The programs would be Cornell AEM or Economics and Operations Research at Columbia. At Columbia I would also be able to take classes geared toward, if not earn a concentration in, financial engineering.
The catch to this question is that since I had a break (for military) between college and high school, I was directed to apply for the School of General Studies at Columbia. I was under the impression that this was just geared toward nontraditional students that would earn the same degree and take the same classes as Columbia College students. However, I have been realizing that it may be looked down upon during recruiting.
In light of all this, I am wondering where the best place would be in order to have the best career prospects for a trading desk. Obviously I will be visiting the two and factoring financial aid, etc. But I would like to know the thoughts of anyone on a trading desk out there. Thanks.