Taking the right MBA steps

I finished undergrad May 06, and have aspirations to get into a top MBA program down the line. My problem is, I have been trying to break into IB for a full year, and have been unsuccessful so far. Do you need to come from IB/consulting to break into a top MBA program? What steps can I start taking right now to better my chances as a candidate for top programs? Any advice is appreciated.

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May 18, 2007 - 3:08pm

well, I want to be in IB regardless of the MBA potential - but if I am unable to break into to IB, what steps can I take to make myself a good candidate for a top MBA. I know I have several years before applying, but just like my current job hunt, being uninformed early on has cost me dearly.

May 19, 2007 - 12:54am

promotions. huge success at work. a MBA class is only 25% bankers/consult - so you have a shot. Still, it's hard to get in if you don't have the drive to do it. the people accepted into the wharton c/o 2006 were amazing. you can only imagine how much tougher it will be ten years down the line.

May 21, 2007 - 2:38pm

Considering that most people in B-school don't aspire to be in banking (even at finance centric schools like Stern only 40% do finance), banking is hardly a prerequisite. As you will find on this board and others...how you can spin your story that shows you know what success is and can aspire to it in a straight track is usually what makes or breaks a candidate. Everyone has the GPA and the GMAT. story and resume speaks volumes.

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