Age: 27 @ Application Time
Undergrad: Michigan - Ross, 3.7 GPA, Focus in Finance
Career: FP&A roles at Target, eBay, LinkedIn (in the order). I am from MN and started at Target but had a passion for Tech and moved to Silicon Valley. At eBay was on their Global FP&A team supporting IR and external reporting, many special projects providing direct interaction w/ C level execs. LNKD is more of a (boring) typical FP&A role supporting a G&A business unit, mostly HC/Expense management, close cycles...nothing special. Not a step up in title but a massive leap up in pay and company quality, always fast-tracked/promoted at each job.
Extras: VP of Econ club in Undergrad (large club of 500 members), history of community service. Currently participating in program to help poor/under-privileged in San Jose get jobs by helping them write resumes etc (goes along w/ current company, and fighting the income gap that is so profound in Silicon Valley).
GMAT: 710 (projected) - I am not worried about getting this score to where it needs to be.
Still deciding on what to do after school. I want to stop being so focused on the micro level and step back to the macro level (studying global trade while at eBay was fascinating). I am thinking IB or consulting with the intent of getting into PE or VC after...or possibly something involving trading (as I enjoy researching companies). This is something I need to work on.
I get that Harvard and Stanford only look for "special" students, but what do you, the community think are my chances?
What about UPenn, Chicago, Northwestern?
The rest of M7/Top 10?
Does an FP&A background instead of IB/Consulting hold me back? Also, do you have suggestions for other schools I am not considering? Any tips for me on my quest to figure out what I want to do?