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Oct 27, 2008 9:20 pm

Hello everyone,

I have been reading topics on this community for almost a week now ... And so far, i have seen a bunch of nice, experienced and friendly people over here ... My story is short ... just graduated out of school in July ... After going through 3 extensive interviews got hired by an investement firm in S.Florida as a Stock Broker Trainee. Now im studying for Series 7 and should be giving it by this Friday hopefully.
 
I need some advice and reccomendations from the experienced class on this forum about the projected path of a stock broker trainee. From all aspects that is. Ofcourse, I have tons of student loans which need to be paid off asap, but I prefer enjoying the situation and surroundings of my work. In other words, Im more concerned about getting set in my new position and becoming the friendliest coworker among the workforce rather running after big money all at the start.
 
Serious advice shall be appreciated. Thanks all ...
 
MANI
Oct 27, 2008 9:33 pm

Is this Nancy?  Didn't she leave or get the boot?

Oct 28, 2008 10:49 am

God Bless Ya!

Long road ahead and student loans probably won't be a reasonable expense for at least a year and half  or more.  Long ladder to climb but the hardest part is the first few rungs.  In this businesses its not about being the friendliest guy at the watercooler, its about being the friendliest guy your prospects have ever met... within reason.
 
I wish you the best and keep us posted on your successes.
 
-Underminded
Oct 29, 2008 2:41 am
UNDERMINDED:

God Bless Ya!

Long road ahead and student loans probably won't be a reasonable expense for at least a year and half  or more.  Long ladder to climb but the hardest part is the first few rungs.  In this businesses its not about being the friendliest guy at the watercooler, its about being the friendliest guy your prospects have ever met... within reason.
 
I wish you the best and keep us posted on your successes.
 
-Underminded
 
Thank you very much for the warm reply.
Nov 7, 2008 5:02 pm

Mani,

Please don't take my words as negative, you wrote ..."but I prefer enjoying the situation and surroundings of my work. In other words, Im more concerned about getting set in my new position and becoming the friendliest coworker among the workforce"
 
You need to realize you will be swimming with sharks that want you to fail so they can keep the crumbs you managed to scrape up. NOBODY IN THAT OFFICE IS YOUR FRIEND. You are prey and in the "Merill Model" a simple tool that is designed to fail. You best let this burn in good and hard.
 
Sorry if that sounds harsh but it is reality. The nive guy gets turned into fodder.
Nov 7, 2008 8:33 pm

Is this a joke?

Nov 8, 2008 2:59 am
Gaddock:

Mani,

Please don't take my words as negative, you wrote ..."but I prefer enjoying the situation and surroundings of my work. In other words, Im more concerned about getting set in my new position and becoming the friendliest coworker among the workforce"
 
You need to realize you will be swimming with sharks that want you to fail so they can keep the crumbs you managed to scrape up. NOBODY IN THAT OFFICE IS YOUR FRIEND. You are prey and in the "Merill Model" a simple tool that is designed to fail. You best let this burn in good and hard.
 
Sorry if that sounds harsh but it is reality. The nive guy gets turned into fodder.
 
No, Not Harsh at all ... Thanks a lot for your words.
The funny thing is that, I did have a feeling that something like this might come up and its always better to be aware of the environment where your walking in for the first time.
Thank you very much for the advice.
tc all.