What is the typical career path for a consultant at McKinsey?
The career path as a consultant at McKinsey is well structured. We have a very specific and tested approach to developing your talents and skills and will help you make “your own McKinsey.” Learn more on our global Careers site.
What flexibility does McKinsey offer?
McKinsey recognises that flexibility is important to our people. We offer a range of part-time opportunities for associates and above to work fewer days per week, or fewer weeks per year. We currently have more than 800 staff across the firm who work with part-time programs. In addition, there are other ways to “make McKinsey your own” through global mobility opportunities and extended periods of leave over time or between engagements.
Find out more about flexibility and the work-life journey on our global Careers site.
What role do business analysts and associates typically play on teams?
Business analysts (BAs) and associates play a critical role in leading teams—both McKinsey engagement teams and often client teams. A common misconception is that BAs (and associates) will only be “content” or “data” experts. This is certainly not the case at McKinsey, and you will be encouraged and supported to take full ownership of your workstream (which is usually a large chunk of the overall project), even in your first engagements.
Owning your workstream means developing the structure and approach for cracking the problem; speaking with relevant clients and syndicating ideas; leading problem-solving sessions with McKinsey partners, your team, and the client; and often presenting your section to senior client leaders. Of course, you will be supported by your team and engagement manager, but taking full ownership in this way provides an unparalleled and accelerated learning and development opportunity!
Will I really get exposure to senior client executives at an early stage?
Early-tenure BAs and associates often tell stories of their experiences interviewing or presenting to senior client executives. From day one of your first study you might meet with someone on a senior level. While this is exciting, it can also be a little daunting. You needn't worry, however, as you will have your team to help you out!
Will I get opportunities to work overseas?
To form a team, we look across our network of more than 7,000 consultants worldwide to bring together those with the best industry experience, functional specialisation, and leadership skills for the given challenge. We also consider growth opportunities for each team member, whether strengthening skills or increasing knowledge. So, yes, there will be opportunities to work overseas should you wish to!
Typically, BAs and associates are staffed on projects in Australia or New Zealand for their first 6 months. This allows you to build the basic consultant skill set in a familiar environment. As you gain experience, it becomes easier to be staffed overseas, and the potential opportunities are vast. Recently, Australian office BAs and associates have worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. For the first two years, your overseas staffing is likely to be limited to discrete projects. Later in your tenure, there are more opportunities for longer-term transfers to other offices.
Find out more about opportunities to work abroad on our global Careers site.
How long is a typical study and how big will my team be?
We strongly believe that we have a greater impact together than on our own, which means we typically work in small teams of three to five consultants. The length of a study depends on the client’s requirements and could range from a couple of weeks to several months. On average we might expect a study to be around three months.
What does life after McKinsey look like?
McKinsey alumni are a highly successful group who use the leadership, network, and business skills they developed here to create new opportunities to achieve impact.
We work hard to recruit and develop Australia's top talent, so it is always hard to see someone leave the office. It does, however, give us great satisfaction to watch as they succeed in their new endeavors.
Find out more about life after McKinsey on our global Careers site, and learn more about our alumni network on the alumni site.