McKinsey is a great fit for me because of the global opportunities and the valuable challenges.

McKinsey is a global learning experience

Working at McKinsey means you are never bound to one particular office. Among the things I have enjoyed most is working with teams of colleagues and clients from different countries and with different educational backgrounds.

Before I joined McKinsey, I had worked and lived in Uganda and studied in the United States and Hong Kong. Starting a career at McKinsey felt like a natural progression. From my first project, I was able to work with colleagues from Italy, the United States, Denmark, and Sweden who had varying backgrounds spanning biotechnology, economics, and literature. Despite this diversity, it was clear from the beginning that we all shared the same passion for the work, as well as a drive to learn from each other and to have fun.

Expanding your comfort zone

The strong culture of coaching at McKinsey means that I can grow faster here than I would at any other company. It is comforting to know that if you ask for help, you will receive it.

McKinsey also means that I am always standing on the edge of my comfort zone–meaning that I am constantly being given more responsibility and taking on more complex tasks. When you assume more responsibility, you quickly become more comfortable undertaking tasks that may previously have felt challenging.

Working in a global but close-knit community

Some time ago, I made plans for a series of events that would gather a group of students and have them visit the McKinsey offices in Copenhagen, Charlotte, and Hong Kong.

Initially, I was unsure if it was even possible to schedule this, but I went ahead and reached out to two consultants from other offices. Within 24 hours, they had not only gotten back to me but also even managed to set up dates for video conferences, arranged the logistics, and established an agenda. It opened my eyes to how globally integrated and connected McKinsey really is. Even in an organization with more than 25,000 employees, sometimes it still feels like a small, close-knit community where everyone knows everyone else.

Education

London Business School
MBA, strategic management

Copenhagen Business School
BSc, international business