I don't have anyexperience, but I have always been interested in the market and I would like to become a trader, either for a prop firm, an investment bank, or a hedge fund. I am not sure exactly what area of trading (equities, derivatives, fx, etc.) I want to focus on yet. I would most likely be looking for a position in Chicago with a base salary and training.
- Graduated from University of Michigan in 2003 with a double major in Economics and Computer Science. My GPA was a cumulative 3.0/4.0, with my Economics GPA around 3.5/4.0.
- I have been playing poker professionally for most of the time since graduation.
- I am very strong in math. I should be able to do any mental math or probability questions, etc in interviews without too much difficulty.
What do you think my job prospects would be for getting into a top prop firm, investment bank, or hedge fund at this point in my career? Would I have a better chance to get some kind of investment analyst position rather than a trading position? I have a few concerns about my background...
1) Are firms/institutions more likely to hire a recent graduate or someone with several years of direct experience, rather than someone seven years out of college without any direct experience?
2) I have heard that GPA counts for a lot in the hiring process, and my GPA was only a 3.0. How much of an issue might this pose?
3) I had been concerned about my poker background, but have heard from people in the industry that the skills between trading and playing poker are similar enough that this should not hurt me too bad, and could even potentially help me.
Any comment or suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!