Non-targets - time to get to work

It is Sunday night and I am about to start my second week of the final year of my MBA program. I am still doing a bit of work finishing up a deal with my summer internship at a regional boutique, and preparing to tackle the task of finding a FT gig at a larger bank.

I came to this non-target MBA mainly for the full-tuition scholarship, but I am finding that the ROLOI (return on lack of investment) might be less than the ROI at some of the target schools to which I was accepted. Getting an IBD job out of here is going to be a function of my work and networking only, as there really aren't any MBA alums in banking; just those who went from the undergrad of this school to analyst positions.

Besides my excel sheet of over 100 contacts that I have a pseudo-connection with, I don't know what else to do besides pick up the phone and start calling and telling my story, and asking for their advice (and eventually help if they are willing). I know that I have the skills and intelligence to do the job, the problem is convincing the recruiters.

Are there any other suggestions out there that might get me in the door?
Other non-target guys and girls: What did you do to get in?

Ex target school bankers: what are your thoughts on your colleagues from non-targets?

Comments (6)

Aug 29, 2011 - 12:13am
D M, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How non-target is it? Is it at least a strong regional school? The actual school becomes a lot more important at the MBA level, so you might have to give more details. Not that I can help you necessarily, I'm just an undergrad.

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
Aug 29, 2011 - 12:58am
D M, what's your opinion? Comment below:

oldmansacks: most of them are probably post-undergrad jobs, not post-MBA (though to be fair I wouldn't know, just going off school rankings)

steve: That's rough because regionally you're competing with some good schools (UMich, UChi). On the other hand at least you're in close proximity to Chicago, so I guess networking would be the best way to go, sorry I can't help more :/

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
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Aug 29, 2011 - 1:12am
etherlord, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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