Inspiration for Tomorrow – Leadership journey for professionals in Europe

Leadership training
September to October 2022

McKinsey believes in developing exceptional leaders, both at our firm and throughout society.

Our four-week “Inspiration for Tomorrow” program gives experienced professionals in Europe the chance to learn what leadership training and development at McKinsey means.

We invite individuals from all backgrounds who want to take the next step in building their leadership capabilities to apply.


What to expect

The program is designed to fit into the schedule of a working professional. While we focus on high-impact training, we also provide flexibility for when you take it. The training sessions can be completed over two-to-three hours each week, and are supplemented with both virtual and in person events as well as personal mentoring from McKinsey colleagues.

Program kick-off

The program will begin on September 7, 2022, with a virtual kick-off to connect you with peers from across Europe. You will hear keynote presentations around the topic of sustainability delivered by senior McKinsey leaders.

Mentoring by McKinsey colleagues

You will be assigned a dedicated mentor who began their McKinsey career as an experienced professional. Your mentor will check in with you regularly to discuss any topics that are top of mind for you.

Self-paced learning and optional check-ins

You will complete the two-to-three hours of leadership training per week at your own pace. You have the option to have a weekly check-in with your peers and McKinsey faculty to discuss the most recent learnings.

Program culmination

The program will conclude with regional in person events on October 1, 2022, where you will connect with other participants. You will also network with peers and McKinsey colleagues, and hear keynote presentations delivered by inspiring speakers.

Why you should apply to the program

Build your leadership capabilities

The program—designed for participants of any background and tailored to the needs of someone with prior work experience—focuses on problem solving, communication, and leadership. After completing the program, you will receive a certificate of attendance and be invited to further networking sessions with McKinsey colleagues and alumni of the program.

Learn about our various opportunities

McKinsey is a diverse firm, comprised of people with different areas of expertise and backgrounds. This program will help you understand how your talent, skills, and experience could be a good fit for our open roles.

Get to know McKinsey

Through our in-person and virtual events, you will hear personal stories from our colleagues and learn why we believe McKinsey is an exciting and rewarding place to work. You will gain a better understanding of the type of work we do at McKinsey and learn more about us as a firm.

The application deadline for Inspiration for Tomorrow 2022 has passed.

Application details

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV in English. No cover letter is needed.

We will inform you of the outcome of your application by August 9, 2022.

Please note: The program is free of charge and all event-related travel expenses are covered.


We look for creative thinkers and problem solvers from many fields and professions, such as technology, finance, government, engineering, law, the military, and medicine. To be eligible, you should be based in Europe and have an advanced graduate degree such as an MBA, PhD, or the equivalent, which is typically three or more years’ work experience.

If you are an early-stage professional or have extensive work experience, this program will help you advance your leadership skills.

Participating offices

Meet some of our colleagues

“One of the main reasons I applied was hearing stories of women and moms working as consultants at an event I attended. Their passion for the firm and the projects they were doing, as well as their stories about work-life balance, flexible working solutions and support they receive from their colleagues were an inspiration for me. I can say that at McKinsey, I can truly experiment with diverse projects and industries—something I wasn’t able to do before—and drive change at higher speeds than I was able to before.”

Madalina, associate, Bucharest

“I have always been passionate about working in a fast-changing environment. McKinsey enables me to design my personal career journey by combining interests and expertise. I support a wide range of clients as they transform business operations, optimize supply chains, and implement complex IT systems. Together with my colleagues, I help shape the future of leading companies in Europe.”

Bertram, senior associate, Berlin

“I joined McKinsey after working for several years in the financial services industry. I learned from day one that it’s a place to thrive and to develop. Every day, I am confronted with challenging, but exciting client questions to solve, pushing my skills and thinking by integrating expertise from a diverse set of backgrounds. For me, this is what McKinsey is all about: getting support for whatever you are passionate about and learning from leading industry experts.”

Sarina, engagement manager, Frankfurt

“I decided to join McKinsey after getting to know some of the exceptional people who make up the firm: an awesome combination of drive to change things for the better, a bias toward action and getting things done, and really unique personalities.”

Eike, engagement manager, Berlin

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