This might be a little late and I know I'm going to be facing a HUGE uphill battle, but I just need to prove to myself that I'm still capable of achieving what I put my mind to. Or maybe you can tell me otherwise after I tell you a little bit about myself.
I graduated undergrad from top 50 business undergrad in '09 with a 3.9 GPA w/ BBA in Economics w/ a minor in Finance. Due to circumstances out of my control, I had to go to a undergrad at a less prestigious school, but at least it was a full ride. Besides my academic record, i did close to nothing when OCR came around and ended up unemployed. Throughout undergrad, my focus was to try to get into banking, nothing less. I did extremely well in all my finance classes, and those classes were certainly what I was most passionate about. I was also involved in a lot of the extracurricular finance programs and activities that helped me dabble in modeling// . Unfortunately, I didn't work hard enough to secure myself a spot despite my school being a semi target in a large market. There were a few spots at the 's and the people who got them ended up doing well and have moved on to getting their MBA's at top 5 MBA programs.
For me however... after graduation, I did something crazy and took a spur of the moment decision to move out of the country to travel and to play online poker. I lived off those earnings and also some earnings from my personal brokerage account, mostly writing covered calls on the few positions that I held. Despite playing poker, I continued to stay up-to-date on the equity markets. In 2013, I ran with the bull market, and thought I was making enough to just swing trade for a while. I built around 15k equity from 2011, to having a bit over a six-digits under management in early 2014, until the correction came around. I took some crazy risks and have given most of it back.
My goal at the moment is to hopefully get back into finance through the real estate track, maybe an MSRED at a top program. I'm in the middle of my, and I'm certainly capable of getting a 700+. Even with that, given my lack of a finance work exp besides two finance internships, I don't think I'll be considered a candidate for a top MBA, and I certainly can't afford the tradeoff of not working two years (hence the decision to go the one year MS route). Right now, im in a non-finance related role, and I'm miserable. It's secure, and I'll make a decent living, but its not what I'm interested in.
Looking for advice... do I still have leverage with my GPA and my potentialback on track? Or am I delusional and need to realize that it's too late? How can I prepare myself better, if this is the route I choose to take?
Needed to introduce myself so that I can start PMing ppl as well.. gotta start somewhere.