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Developing technical skills through New Ventures

Gurugram-based Akashdeep shares how his McKinsey technologist mentors and experiences have helped him expand his expertise as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE).

Forbes once published a list of the 25 toughest companies to get into and McKinsey was at the top, so working at the firm felt like a distant dream for me. In 2014, I got a call from a McKinsey tech recruiter.

She explained McKinsey was looking for engineers like me, and described the many technologies on which I could work at the firm. I felt so lucky – I’d just found what I’d been looking for.

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Mentorship and sponsorship
During my interviews, I was very impressed with the quality and technicality of the questions I was asked. One of my interviews in the first round, Alain, has since become one of my most trusted and helpful advisors. We occasionally have long calls to share what we’ve learned, and he even came from Belgium to visit me in India once.

My team is fantastic. We’re spread across the world – in India, Costa Rica, the US, and Belgium – but we’re all connected and we all support and mentor each other. My colleagues have helped me to continue developing my technical expertise, and made life at the firm rewarding and fun.

Problem solving as a global team
I have been part of many interesting projects, including one I will never forget. We were launching an application under a stringent deadline. We had to ship the device on which the application was to run from Atlanta to Weehawken.

Although we used a reputable shipping company, they lost the hardware, and it took 10 days to track it down. We worked very hard – efficiently and effectively as a team – to make the go-live deadline just in time.

Don't wait, go for it
If you’re thinking of applying to McKinsey, don’t wait like I did – go for it. It is challenging, but you’ll be very well supported.

Stay positive, ambitious and focused. Like I’ve learned from tennis, “the player who serves well seldom loses.”

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About Akashdeep
Based in Gurugram, India, Akashdeep is a site reliability engineering (SRE) with our Digital & Analytics group. Prior to McKinsey, he served as a systems engineer at several tech organizations. He holds a master's in network and systems administration from Symbiosis International University, and a bachelor's from DAV College Jalandhar. For more information on McKinsey's Software Engineering career paths, visit 

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