I'm currently a freshman at a non-target, private school in Buffalo, New York. It is highly respected in this area, however outside of Western New York it has little prestige. I have talked with a couple of Finance and Economics professors here and they have informed me that we have a few alumni in the industry working at the big NYC firms, so I am not completely without connections. However, here is the problem:
First semester I had a low GPA (2.67) due in large part to the newly discovered freedom of college life. I got back on track second semester though I turned it around and pulled it up into the 3.5-3.6 range (don't know what the final GPA will be yet, but definitely in that range). That's not the best I can do however and I plan to steadily try to increase my GPA up to the 3.7-3.9 range by the time I graduate undergrad. (As stated before, I am about to close out my freshman year in a few weeks so there is time to make up the gap.)
After reading these forums for a few weeks, I get the impression that without a target/semi-target school diploma, I don't have a snowball's chance in hell of landing a career in IB out of undergrad. I believe I have the smarts to compete with HYPS and target school students, and I definitely have the competitive drive and killer instinct that is so necessary to succeed in this industry. I worry because I feel without the name, I won't get the chance.
So I was thinking about finishing my undergrad here, getting some work experience in a finance related field, then trying to pursue an MBA from a top school and apply for an IB position from there. Do you guys think this would be a good path for me to take?