Business analysts take responsibility for one part of the larger problem-solving effort on a client engagement; associates lead a key portion of an engagement. Consultants in both roles typically begin their careers at McKinsey as generalist consultants. They contribute to every aspect of a project, from fact gathering to analysis to implementation. They also collaborate with senior consultants and client leadership, participating in brainstorming, problem solving, and client communication and working on-site with clients to implement McKinsey’s recommendations.
You might conduct market research to help a high-tech client launch a new product, manage media communications for a major corporate merger, or revamp the processes in a client’s human resources program. Your day-to-day work will vary depending on the client you’re working with and the problem you’re addressing. And with each engagement, you’ll be challenged to take on new responsibilities and master new skills.
Depending on your experience, you may consider specializing by joining one of our 18 industry practices, such as financial services or telecommunications, or one of our seven functional practices, which focus on core business disciplines such as marketing, operations, and strategy.
However you choose to shape your career at McKinsey, you’ll be recognized as a valuable team member on each client study, and your voice will be heard. All consultants, regardless of role or tenure, are expected to shape discussions, solve critical client problems, and contribute at the highest level.
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Learn more about the associate role.