Hey guys, this is my first post so please let me know if I'm doing something inappropriate.
I just began my second year in Big 4 audit with. I was ranked a 1 in my first year and am currently looking for exits to move up. I'm a smart guy, but stayed in state for school and failed out my sophomore year. Ending cumulative undergrad GPA was 3.37, but my major GPA was 3.97 (I got mostly all A's after transferring and turning my life around). I went to a non-target as IB is concerned, though Big 4 does recruit on campus, and it's not unheard of for kids to get interviews at BB IB.
I've already gotten clearance from a partner in transaction services advisory to join the group this upcoming year (June-ish) in either Boston or NYC, depending on where my fiancee gets into school.
My ultimate goal is to make it into a top 5 MBA program, and preferably I would like to get into BB IB to further enhance my finance skills and my MBA application. I can already model at the level required, and I'm confident I'm intelligent and likable enough to land the job if I can manage to land an interview.
I have talked to others who went Big 4 TS into BB IB, but it seems this path isn't necessarily common. I have taken the GMAT once and got a 730 if that helps. I'm planning on retaking it, as I did relatively poorly on the math section due to not brushing up on probability.
Another option I am considering is making a move into S&O consulting, possibly atdue to the relative prestige, not sure if is even feasible at this point.
I have strong EC's from college including founding organizations, a successful presidency of a philanthropy group, and student government leadership positions. I also have some level of entrepreneurial work preparing prospective financials which have actually resulted in the award of international business licenses and some modeling in support of a social business enterprise in the electronic health records field.
My audit experience does have exposure to a large public company and I have worked on multiple debt issuances/refinancings, as's. I originally interned in NYC on a hedge fund specializing in 's.
Any advice on how to best position myself for an entrance intoand eventually into a top 5 MBA is welcomed. Thanks for taking the time to read.