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McKinsey Q&A: Diego

– Meet Diego, a São Paulo-based specialist with Wave by McKinsey, one of firm's 50+ New Ventures startups. Wave supports transformation and change programs by tracking progress and measuring impact. He primarily supports clients in Latin America, and joined McKinsey with nearly15 years' experience in IT in roles ranging from application engineer to project manager/coordinator. 

Interviewer: Why did you apply to McKinsey?

Diego

Diego: When I read about the role and discovered the incredible work McKinsey is doing through New Ventures, I had to apply. I couldn’t believe it when I received a call from a recruiter who told me my application had been accepted and asked me questions to better understand my professional background and my passions.

I was impressed by this conversation because the recruiter provided me with subtle feedback on the spot that made me feel comfortable and confident I was making the right choice.

Interviewer: Why did you join New Ventures specifically?

Diego: I was aware of McKinsey and its distinguished reputation, but I couldn’t picture myself as a traditional consultant. Once I discovered more about New Ventures – how dynamic the work is and the great value Wave presents – I decided this role was the perfect fit.

Interviewer: What keeps you here?

Diego: The variety – every day is different. It’s very difficult to get bored and I see infinite opportunities to learn, which excites me. As the director for my region shared during one of our new hire orientation programs: “McKinsey is like a dynamic amusement park. You cannot explore everything in one day.” That’s what makes me wake up smiling every day.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to others considering joining McK?

Diego: Stay focused and believe in yourself. McKinsey is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about outside of work?

Diego: Beaches and surfing. Nothing helps me recharge like a day in the sea.

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About Diego
Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Diego is a solution delivery consultant with Wave by McKinsey, one of firm's 50+ New Ventures startups. Prior to McKinsey, he was a systems engineer with a variety of tech and industrial organizations. Diego has an MBA in IT strategic management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), and a bachelor's in megatronics, robotics and automation engineering from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC).