– I was initially attracted to McKinsey for the diverse range of experiences I knew the firm could provide and the ability to solve real, challenging problems. Once I met the people at the firm, my decision was made.
Since joining as an associate in Melbourne a little more than a year ago, I have worked on a breadth of topics, including organisational health, marketing strategy and operational performance. I’ve worked across industries including retail, finance and agriculture. The exposure has been incredible. Better still, the people I’ve worked with have been exceptional – completely down to earth with no hubris.
My best piece of advice for my colleagues and potential candidates is to be upfront and honest about your needs. McKinsey is good at finding ways to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
For example, when I was going through the interview process, I was worried about balancing McKinsey and family life. When I went into second round interviews, EVERY partner did not hesitate to assure me we could work together on what balance and flexibility means to me. It was the most heartening moment I have ever experienced in my professional career.
Now, I work a 90% program, so I get to spend an extra day each fortnight with my daughters. I have had amazing project managers who support me on a daily basis and, in turn, I make sure I communicate very openly with them and deliver on my work. I typically start and finish earlier so I can pick my girls up from day care twice a week. I log back on a few hours later and finish my work from home. My family has been happy with this arrangement and I love the work I’m doing and the people I’m working with – so it’s been a huge success.