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A day in the McK life: Will

– Will is a junior specialist in our Healthcare Systems and Services practice. He joined McKinsey about a year after graduating from the University of Cambridge and starting his career at Concentra. Here he shares a glimpse into his daily life supporting a local client as it incorporates new analytical management tools into its processes.

7:00am: Get straight up, shower and get ready for work. I like to spend as long sleeping as possible so there’s no time to waste in the morning. I usually ride the bus to the office and check my emails on the way.

8:00am: Grab breakfast in the office, which is provided every morning on the fifth floor and is especially good on Fridays. I think about what I need to do for the day and check-in with the rest of my team to prioritize our activities and make sure we’re on track to meet our weekly goals.

9:00am: Finish the last few slides for a client meeting later in the day. Review them with my engagement manager and print a few copies before heading to the client site, which is very close to our office.

11:00am: Engage in a very interesting discussion with a couple of our senior clients about the new model of care we are developing together. We identify opportunities to work the analytics into the organization’s processes so the clients can make better decisions. We leave the meeting feeling energized, and rather hungry…

1:00pm: Head to a nearby British café and have lunch with a cup of tea. We partially continue our discussion and chat informally to get to know each other better.

2:00pm: Go to the client site, and start sketching out the new processes we developed. I structure the outputs of some analysis to support our design decisions (think making tables in Excel and transferring them into graphs in PowerPoint).

4:00pm: Have a 60-minute session with several of the clients responsible for operations to demonstrate the analytic tools we developed. The interactive charts and dashboards capture their attention and I receive good feedback, which I will incorporate later in the week.

5:00pm: Return to writing up what I’ve learned today, adding a few topics to discuss next time we meet. I run my thoughts by my engagement manager and we spend 30 minutes discussing ways to improve on our initial ideas. These impromptu sessions are where some of our best work gets done.

6:00pm: Check out. The McKinsey team gets together to recap the day and determine if there’s more to do before we leave. It is very brief today - 10 minutes.

6:10pm: Crunch time. I perform this kind of task best in the evening when I know I have a deadline looming. Using a database of nicely structured client data I have been building over the last few weeks, I perform some analysis. I use Tableau to create the charts I designed earlier in the day.

8:00pm: On Tuesdays, I play in a 5-a-side football league with several friends, so I leave the office and head to the pitch for 8.30. It has been a good day.