Being part of a McKinsey team is to continuously witness a series of impacts that you and your team are making.
During my senior year in college, I asked myself what would make me most satisfied and it came down to one word: impact. Self-assurance being one of my strong characteristics, I needed to see the result of my work and its impact right away; a great finding after a decade-long research simply wasn’t my thing. Because of this character trait of mine, it was not a difficult choice to choose McKinsey over other career options.
Being part of a McKinsey team is to continuously witness a series of impacts that you and your team are making. At almost every meeting I attended, I could feel immediately that we were helping the client CEOs to solve one of the most difficult business problems they face. Our own work ended up creating new business opportunities for our clients or a complete change within the business structure. When I see the amplitude of my work’s impact on my client’s business, the satisfaction I feel is unmeasurable.
Only McKinsey can do
However, the level of satisfaction is proportional to the level of challenges and difficulties you will face at McKinsey. Each and every project challenges me to think outside the box and demands me to be innovative. Our line of work requires you to come up with new, innovative ways to solve business problems.
After a series of analyses and researches, I often said to the team, “This isn’t going to work.” My engagement manager then told me “It’s always easy to find hundred reasons to say no, but we came here to turn those hundred no’s into one yes.” And at the end of the engagement, I find myself holding the project report with that “one yes, I believe that such persistency and audacity are what make McKinsey one of the most special places to pursue your career, as you know there are things “only McKinsey can do.”
University of Pennsylvania