QuoteOriginally posted by: MartingaleBusterNJIf everyone who got a job from meeting someone at a cigar store was fired from their job on wall street I think that the workplace would be kind of empty.This is what I am saying: HR does not always send the best candidates through. I would think that someone who feels that they are in the trading business would always be on the lookout for talent whether or not there is space on the desk you run. Maybe some guy who you meet on the net and guide through this process (not hand the job to) might be a little more loyal to you than some little shit who has the Lehmans and the Morgans of the world chasing after them.But if you don't like someone or are indifferent to them, rather than give them advice they can read in a Vault guide, which yes Columbia has free access to, and act like this is a great service remain silent or better yet refer them to the Vault guides.Since I am not some big time trader at Bank "X" I am sure my advice is worth little but If I were to try and get a trading job I would,1. Read Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Pit bull and Liar's poker. I also personally like the book: Charlie D.: The Story of the Legendary Bond Trader. 2. Read the financial news on the Bloomberg terminal daily. (Columbia students have free access to this.)3. Read Derivatives Week. (Columbia students have free access to this.)4. Go and check out the websites of some of the online exchanges i.e. www.euronext.com
. Read the Shreve Books and the Hull Book and yes work through the problems in them, The Options book from the NYIF is also a good start.6. Try and use the Columbia Network.7. Once again Network! Network! Network!8. Remember what Winston Churchill once said - "No success is final, no failure fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts."Frankly if he finds reading financial news boring and finance books boring, and networking boring, then why bother working in finance?But then again, what is my opinion worth? Maybe if I get lucky enough to work as a trader at Bank "X" then I can have people listen to me.Airmenow, what you need to hear is this: If trading is something you feel that you must do, in fact is the only thing for you (Like in Rilke's Letters To a Young Poet) you should do it. If it is a matter of just wanting to be the "boss" or the prestige or the money or for that matter a desire not to have to do much math anymore, for the sake of who ever employs you please consider something else.MBuster, I do appreciate your generosity as to help someone who you don't really know here, not just that your advice is very valuable and practical to me, but the point that people got to have some faith in what they want to do.