Hello Vster541, thanks for your question.
Sounds like you had a tough slog between illness and 2 downsizings.
What are the split scores on your GMAT? Did you clear 80% on both quantitative and verbal scores? That’s the usual bar for top programs.
I think your competitiveness will really depend on the quality of leadership experience you have demonstrated in and out of work. The more you can call out “moments” where you influenced people/organizations, drove results, and took initiative, the stronger your case will be. With regard to extracurriculars, seek to demonstrate your leadership potential there too.
I’ve never worked in finance, but I think you could paint a more cohesive picture in terms of connecting your experience to your future goals. What motivates you to make this transition? Have you tried to make this transition earlier? How exactly will an MBA aid in this transition? The more compelling a story you can tell, the more persuasive your case will be.
I generally agree with your demarcation of reaches and targets, though I think you could be more competitive at Tuck and Haas, than you think.
Best of luck!
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