(Original post by FDR)
I didn't apply to SOAS in the end, but was considering it very strongly for a while, and even visited it with a friend who did end up applying there in the end.
SOAS course structure is good, and you would be taught by some of the best in their respective fields. Plus, SOAS seems to attract a lot of high caliber applicants - its average UCAS tariff is quite high.
SOAS isn't a "target" (although I find that term dubious, as its unclear what constitutes as a university being a "target" in terms of number of visits etc) in the sense that it isn't visited by every big investment bank or consultancy, but I had a look at their careers fairs and talks, and a lot of well known and less well known banks do hold events at SOAS because they want employees with a good knowledge of the region in which many operate, and some bigger firms such as HSBC and Deloitte also hold events. The fact that you have experience will doubtless help you, but at the end of the day, getting a good degree mark is the most important thing - a lot of students think that university prestige is all that matters, and that getting a degree is just a formality and they can get a job based simply on the name of their university, but this isn't the case.
Having said all that, a lot of students there seemed frustrated at a lot of things, such as the fact that the feedback on their work isn't very good, a lot felt overworked, and SOAS doesn't have a great deal of economics students graduating with a first, which may suggest the quality of teaching as good as it could be.