I’ve received many people asking variations of this theme. Here’s my advice: If you have strong work experience – world-class firms, multiple promotions, a record of accomplishment, leadership, and risk-taking – the most important thing for you now is not your undergraduate GPA, but how you can get your resume in front of recruiters and decision-makers. Unless you plan on going back to school and utilizing their recruiting channels, it will come down to networking. There are a couple sources I suggest you hit immediately:
- School and work alumni networks
- Extended personal network (friends and family)
- Headhunters – preferably the ones that don’t charge an upfront fee but work through referrals to specific firms
- Pounding the pavement – meeting consultants at industry conferences, tradeshows, career forums, etc
Your educational record will play a part in your overall candidacy, but a minor one. If you have 5+ years of work experience, those years will be the focal point of any interview and resume screen. Your goal now is to get that opportunity.