So I decided to Quit

When I graduated from college, the first thing that I did was reach out to my alumni network for general job hunting/career/life advice, and one of the most memorable conversations I had was with an alumni in a leadership position in a healthcare company in D.C. I reached out to him via LinkedIn and he was kind enough to reply with his availability and phone number, which was not as rare as you would think, but it was still foreign considering the volume of people I contacted.  He happily went over his experience, how he got his first job out of college, what skills are most valuable to employers, and where I would have a better chance of getting hired based on my level of skill and education. Before we got off the phone, he said “Oh and don’t be afraid to make drastic changes, you’re young so try different roles and move to different cities, if you’re going to make mistakes there’s no better time to do it than now”. With that in mind, I entered the workforce knowing full well that a job is a job and that I would not commit the majority of my life to something I wasn’t in love with. I would become the job market goldilocks, looking for something, anywhere, that would fit just right.

I write this from my old room in my mother’s house; a week ago I handed in my resignation and this past weekend, I drove 1300 miles back home in order to fully immerse myself in trading. As glamorous as it sounds, moving in with your parents to pursue your dream isn’t something that most of us would ever think of doing, specially after living on your own and having unrivaled amounts of freedom. Definitely not a sexy move in the eyes of many. After looking for the “perfect job” that would allow me to trade at my own discretion, I found that I was getting nowhere. Even when I was relatively close to getting something, I always got the usual “well you’re not seasoned enough/you don’t have enough experience” line that I’ve grown accustomed to. Faced with the prospect of getting more experience to do a job that I am not passionate about or staying at a job for financial security, I opted to follow my heart and go with the less traveled road instead. As unconventional as this decision is, I couldn’t be happier! If things don’t work out, I can say that I gave it my all and I know that regretting this move would not cross my mind. After all, taking risks is what trading is all about.

 

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Lastly, I want to take a second to thank the people that have stood behind me and supported me (and still do), you guys made this possible and I can’t wait for us to look back to see how far we’ve come.

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