Many years ago I started off as a power trader out of college.  I decided to start the CFA journey not long after I took the job and in that time a Quant interview came up within the same company.  Nobody else in the company was doing the CFA but the director of the group at the time had his charter.  He decided to give me a shot even though I was young and inexperienced. I replaced a person who graduated from Wharton.  Now many years later I manage equity portfolios for a living.   

Don’t listen to the naysayers - take the shots when you can get them.  And of course, as others said, don’t be a d!ck and you’ll do well.