Business analysts (or fellows, as they're called in some offices) take responsibility for a discrete part of the problem solving in each client engagement.
They play an important role on the team, actively contributing to the final recommendations and often presenting their work to senior client executives. They also have a voice in determining the team's style and pace of work.
After two to three years, business analysts find different ways to continue their personal and professional development. Many take a leave of absence to pursue advanced degrees or spend time in a new industry or with nonprofits, and then return to McKinsey as associates. Other top performers are promoted directly to associates.
Types of business analysts
Full-time business analyst
A full-time business analyst is a permanent hire. There are a number of different roles a full-time business analyst can pursue.
Summer business analyst
The summer business analyst role is an eight-to-ten-week internship for students prior to their final year of undergraduate or university study.