During the last semester of my senior year, I interned with McKinsey and realized I could build a career here using technology to solve challenging problems.
My first engagement was with a leading telecommunications company in Southeast Asia. For more than a year, I worked with a diverse team of about 60 people to digitize the client's processes and deliver a seamless customer experience via mobile and web app. I helped optimize and integrate IT systems, build multiple solutions and teach clients to work on agile teams and build capabilities in technical code academies. Seeing the tangible change in our client’s progress gave me a huge rush of confidence and sense of belonging. I had imagined not fitting into this world of incredibly smart people, but I was amazed to learn how diverse and humble McKinsey colleagues are.
The thing I love most about McKinsey is that my learning comes first. My mentors and leaders put me in new roles that challenge me and help me grow, such as running a code academy for senior–level technical experts. After four years, multiple engagements, and a never–ending learning journey, I know one thing for sure: I’m fierce, fearless, and flawed – all at the same time.
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Apurva is a software engineer based out of McKinsey’s Bengaluru office. She holds a bachelor’s in information technology from the Vellore Institute of Technology in India, and first joined McKinsey as an intern in 2015.
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