The dynamic nature of the job and immense responsibility each person has on creating impact are what make the McKinsey experience so special. Every day is a challenge but also an opportunity to test your limits
After more than two years at my previous job as an equity research analyst, I decided to apply to McKinsey because of a few important things I felt I lacked at my previous job: diverse experience and opportunity to create real impact.
Learning through experience
Throughout my first year as a business analyst, I was able to work with many different companies solving a diverse range of problems related to their business. Of course, it is not only the diverse industry and function exposure that enriches the McKinsey experience. The real merit of the McKinsey program is the opportunity to work with many different people and be inspired by many different leadership styles. Everybody that I worked with , from fellow business analysts to partners, served as role models for me in my first year.
Creating real impact
The opportunity to create real impact was another factor that drew me to McKinsey. As an equity analyst, your strength lies in spotting a company’s growth potential or its weakness earlier than anyone else in the market. A consultant’s strength lies in proposing a growth strategy or providing a solution to fix the weakness. You are presented with real business problems faced by executives at leading organizations and granted the opportunity to create real impact.
Looking back at my first year at McKinsey, I must admit that it was not an easy ride. Every day presents a different challenge since the work we do is so dynamic. Also, starting from a very early tenure, you are expected to take responsibility for your own work stream and make significant contributions to problem-solving. But the dynamic nature of the job and the immense responsibility each person has on driving impact, regardless of tenure, are what make the McKinsey experience so special. This is what motivates McKinsey consultants, makes one day different from the next, and allows you to test your limits. I believe that very few other organizations provide such an opportunity, especially so early on in your career.