Just finished reading the WSO B-school bible, which was extremely helpful. I'm 25 and wasn't able to land in IB out of school or lateral in. I've been considering applying to MBAs to matriculate in Fall 2019.
My combine numbers:
-3.0 GPA out of big state school; took 5 years and transferred (family issues; I'll explain presumably in some optional essay, but still no excuse). Was actively involved in a number of organizations
-Multi-racial (White + african-american)
-About 2.5 years of W/E at a primary research expert network and a big asset management company. Got promoted and done well at both
-Extra-curricular: rec sports leagues, bartending + waiting tables on weekends and nights to save up money
-Freelance writing: publish regular articles on cryptocurrency for a wide variety of websites, which I feel is pretty unique and pays pretty decently.
-I'm fairly confident if I put my head down and do nothing else I can crank out a GMAT over 700
I'd only be going to an MBA to try and break into IB. If I can pull off a 700, am I unique enough to have a shot? Obviously there's no perfect formula, but my GPA from a non-prestigious school might sink me. I'd be targeting second-tier but still good MBA programs (Duke, North Carolina, etc).
Thanks in advance - don't hesitate to tell me if I should bow out and apply again after a few more years of work experience. One other thing I considered was taking community college classes to show I could handle the coursework, something the B-school bible recommended.