I am a non-traditional career switcher who worked as an engineer for a year before getting my MSF from a good second-tier school (think Vanderbilt, WUSTL, UTA, UVA) . I was aiming for IB/AM but didn't get in and ended up working in F500 finance for a year before spending another year in real estate finance (REPE). However my dream for getting in IB/AM hasn't perished and the only path that can get me there at this point is through a top MBA (for my own personal growth and re-branding as well). I am looking at Columbia, Wharton, NYU. Are these schools even realistic for people with my background? Will I need to gain more years of experience before applying?
Any help is greatly appreciated!!