I have a BA in Economics (cum-laude) and an MBA in Accounting and Finance (honors; double major), both from Columbia University (CU).
I attended CU at a time when it was still affordable, made even more so by the GI Bill (yes, I am a Vietnam Vet). Based on this information, it is safe to say that I am no longer 'wet behind the ears' (I'm not sure if this expression is still in vogue, but I suspect you understand).
During my employment years, I have worked both as an employee and a consultant for large Fortune 500 companies, in various capacities. So I have a decent grasp of how a corporation works, including in-house politics.
And, having been an auditor with Peat Marwick Mitchel & Co. (PMM; now known as KPMG), I also understand financial statements (and how misleading they can be).
I have been trading since the mid '70s, initially dabbling in equities and commodity futures. My first experience with options was in the '90s (although options have been trading since the '70s). There was very little information on options at the time, and no internet. In fact, there wasn't much available in option modeling software (OptionVue comes to mind).
At the time, you could say I was a devout technician, working with TradeStation (when TS was still a software company; not a broker). I can still recall all those hours working on a strategy that would be consistent, but to no avail.
I obtained the Series 7, 55, & 63 certifications and did a short stint as a proprietary trader for several prop firms, trading their accounts. This lasted several years till I recognized that day-trading (especially with little training) was not for me. I am really a position trader at heart, and prefer to spend only a small amount of time trading, and more time with friends and family.