QuoteOriginally posted by: jsteingraberit is a way to make a great paying career.QuoteIf you're talking about the exam, then it's definitely not the right suggestion.. these exams are pretty much useless - you don't need them to get hired. Having said that, you don't need a university/college degree to become a trader (or rather do most of the jobs in this industry). From my experience, to do well on sell side, you need to be street smart as opposed to book smart to make a difference. Certainly a college dropout can do the job and might be able to do it very well. With that being said, this is not to motivate you to stay away from college (someone hires you and you might be as committed to the job as you were to your college i.e. end up leaving in a year without learning much). Fortunately or unfortunately, you're competing against top students from big schools who're book smart and street smart and have prooved their commitment and many of them end up doing quite well in the industry (some perform miserably). I would suggest going back to college, take courses that you enjoy and do very well in them. That's the best way to build confidence in yourself and get access to industry professionals and high paying jobs. If you're still adamant on working right away, become a broker (investment advisor) but don't get attracted by the stories such as ...xyz was a high school dropout, became a broker, made contacts, worked hard and soon became a millionare etc etc. Good Luck.