Coming from non-traditional background, for MF recruiting

Sorry for just copying and pasting from my post on B-school forum but wanted to hear PE folks thought on my status.

I'm a graduating senior (class of 2020) at Yale/Columbia/Brown and was lucky enough to land a SA, then FT offer at a good IB (GS/MS/Evercore/PJT).

I came from a very non-traditional background, which are

I dropped out of high school and took GED
Served in the military for 4-5 years
Had my own business for about a year while attending community college
Then I got admitted to one of those colleges through a program, designed for the non-traditional students
I finished rigorous course work at the college, graduating with summa cum laude, and got 780+ in GMAT in my senior year.

I wanna try IB+MF then B-school path and now I start to worry that my background might work against me. I didn't take SAT in my high school days, and from what I read on this WSO site, I feel like SAT still plays a role especially getting into MF, and might be a little less for B-school. I'm also in my mid 20's, 4-5 years behind the regular, and I wanted to hear WSO people's opinion on what my realistic chances of getting into MF after IB, and ultimately to top B-school like HBS, GSB.

Thank you.

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May 22, 2020 - 9:33am
FluidMosaic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Think about it like this: both megafunds and business schools really like hiring veterans and they often ignore some things that they would usually ding people for (no IBD analyst stint, less of a namebrand school, limited business experience).

You come with the military experience AND the traditional background (top IBD analyst, ivy league school, summa). You will definitely be a unique candidate (in a good way), especially for on-cycle recruiting. You may be one of like two or three people with that background that are in on-cycle, probably less.

If you are normal, you are going to significantly outperform screeners. If I was a headhunter, I'd be sprinting to my clients to give them your CV for on-track recruiting. No SAT taken can definitely be explained in a sentence. "I never took the SAT because I entered the military right out of highschool, I took the GMAT last year and got a 780"

Once you get the interviews - its all on you, make sure you can crush your modeling tests.

May 22, 2020 - 9:29pm
Marcus_Halberstram, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't be an idiot. You're super competitive for anything you want to do. Top UG, great banking, super high gmat is a nice to have, and it seems like you have a story that doesn't consist of I went to Exeter and summered in the Italian riviera growing up.

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May 23, 2020 - 6:40am

If you're at an Ivy and headed to a strong IB, there's really nothing nontraditional about your background from a skillset/recruiting standpoint. You would be starting at a higher age, which isn't in itself that uncommon. As for your military and startup experience, I can't see any downside to it at all. And the SAT can be taken at any age, if you really think it's important, though I'd put my energy elsewhere.

May 23, 2020 - 11:00am
wild wild west, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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