Hi all, I'm planning on applying to MBB in 2022, currently I have 1.5 years of experience working so far in a Tier 2 firm as a software consultant and pursuing a part time masters in a top 10 Computer Science school. Undergrad was a non-target in CS with a very low GPA (2.9). Strong extra-curriculars with founding a funded startup (<$100K) and undergrad research. GMAT is 760.
I know realistically now my chances are very slim, so I decided to pursue a master's while working to override my GPA for MBB. (Conditions are much different from undergrad, fully expect to get a good GPA)
Realistically, in the next 2 years I am wondering whether to pursue only big brand names or consulting/strategy type experience for a better entry-level application.
(Option 1) Work for FAANG or Big Banks as a Software Engineer/Strat/Quant. I know MBB values brand names like Google or GS, but is that only for strategy-esque roles?
(Option 2) Stay as a technical consultant, and move to Big 4 or Tier 2 firm in an implementation role. For long-term engagements I would have the opportunity to get exposure to much of the business side.
(Option 3) Pursue positions as a Tier 2 generalist consultant or entry-level strategy in a big bank. Considering my technical background, this would be quite difficult.
Pursing a target MBA after my current master's would be a reset, but is risky financially to do so solely for MBB. Which options, if not the ones above, would be best suited for applying to MBB in 2022? Fully intending to move away from technical roles (i.e. McKinsey Digital, Gamma)?