Interesting topic. Thought i would join.
I being trading forex for around 8 years +
I used to do manual trading. Now, i only does EA trading ( removing emotions out of the equation and getting discipline in return). EA is turned off completely on high impact news days.
I have backtest of EA available from 1999.
If you are lucky to have a mentor, you might achieve your goals earlier or ATLEAST wont loose lot of money investing.
I did have a mentor/teacher though who taught me the basics. However i moved on from him since his goal was only to achieve around 5k per year. I learned from many institutions online , youtube channels etc. I paid any institution once only to ask for a refund as their strategies didn't pan out. I don't think hardly anyone would teach profitable strategies free of cost or for a low charge. Forex is a trillion dollar industry. Why teach their own trillion dollar strategies for small price. PAMM would be a better option safe guarding their property. If you decide to have a mentor, please check his myfxbook record first.
A professional trader supplements their income by providing basic lessons on teamviewer, youtube channel, PAMM accounts , copy trades , making forex bots,indicators etc..
All the best.