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Should I even bother to consider the Top 10 schools?

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Should I even bother to consider the Top 10 schools? [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2010, 20:50
A little bit about me. I went to a state university for my first 2 years. I ended up quitting the program and worked part time for the government as a security officer. Roughly six months into that, I decided to go to school to be an electrician. After a semester, that did not fit me well. Eventually I applied back to the state university to get into their business college. Got denied, spoke with the Dean who recommended I go to a community college, do some general transfer courses and then apply again. Did that for a year and a half. Applied back to the university and finish my degree in May 2009. All during this I continued doing grunt work as a security officer. Almost a year has passed and I have yet to find a job in the banking industry. I believe it is due to my lack of experience in the field along with a low GPA.

1st year GPA was 3.4, 2nd year was under 2.0 causing me to drop out. My community college GPA was 3.5 and my Finance major GPA was 3.11. Clearly not the best GPA but made some improvements.

I have been considering to take the GMAT and apply to several programs. Booth, Stern, Kellogg, Harvard. However looking at some of the members here who get accepted I believe I do not even stand a chance. I guess I want to go back to school and redeem myself, because at my current state it is not who I truthfully am. But I feel as the damage has been done and can not be undone.
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Hi ninetwosix:
To be very frank, you have a very interesting and somewhat compelling story, but you will not be competitive at a top 10 school. It's a very competitive applicant pool and with the lack of finance job, this places you further from the pack.

However, this is the situation today and tomorrow means more opportunity.

You seem like a pretty tenacious worker who can overcome a few obstacles thrown his way. I know this is a long term plan but what I would do is to find a finance related internship (non-paid) and start interning there. To pay the bills, you may have to get a job that is "beneath" your level of education. After gaining some experience over 2 years, and the economy picks back up, I would transition to full time employment in banking.
Then I would apply to part time MBA programs in your area. If there are top full time programs in your area, the part time equivalent would be a great back door to a top tier MBA.

I know this is a long road but I can imagine how kick-ass your story would be if you could pull this off. You can't go back in time so concentrate on tomorrow. Keep your chin up and head down as the above is no where near impossible to pull off. It just about how much you got in the gas tank. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Re: Should I even bother to consider the Top 10 schools? [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2010, 20:51
I finished high school in the top 10 of my class and my overall ACT score was 23. During high school I did a internship with a financial advisor at a Citibank branch. After that I did 2 and a half years as a teller.
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