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McKinsey Q&A: Patrick

Meet Patrick, an advanced analytics expert in transportation and logistics who is based in Dusseldorf. Patrick joined McKinsey after a first career in academia. He loves the fast pace of McKinsey life and the exposure he’s getting to an array of industry challenges.

Meet Patrick, an advanced analytics expert in transportation and logistics who is based in Dusseldorf. Patrick joined McKinsey after a first career in academia. He loves the fast pace of McKinsey life and the exposure he’s getting to an array of industry challenges.

Interviewer: Why did you apply to McKinsey?

Patrick

Patrick: I spent my pre-McK professional life in academia, first as PhD student, then a postdoc and faculty member. After a while, I felt eager to apply my skills in the real world. What I found most intriguing about McKinsey was the ability to work on today’s most pressing questions across industries. I also loved the firm’s dedication to professional development, through training, coaching and a multitude of other opportunities.

Interviewer: Why did you join Advanced Analytics specifically?

Patrick: I had my mind set on leaving academia, yet absolutely wanted to stay close to my roots. Data driven decision making – from data mining and predictive statistics to operations research – will continue to gain importance and fundamentally change how organizations are run. Being part of McKinsey Advanced Analytics means I get to experience this first-hand every day; we’re truly living in exciting times.

Interviewer: What keeps you here?

Patrick: The unexpected. Every day is different; each one brings new challenges and fun problems to solve. It’s a bit like watching one of those really addictive TV shows. I couldn’t stand to miss an episode.

Interviewer: Tell us about your most memorable engagement?

Patrick: Last year, I helped a major logistics player develop its network strategy for the next decade. My role was to develop an end-to-end network model to simulate the effects of different demand scenarios and develop an overall optimized network roadmap. All sorts of obstacles popped up along the way – from identifying the right data sources, to aligning everybody on the right modeling methodology and correctly interpreting results. It was fantastic to see how a great team made all of this work come together in a comprehensive answer.

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

Patrick: McKinsey is a great place. It’s fast-paced and creative. As you’re preparing for interviews, don’t go crazy; be confident, enjoy the problem solving, and remember all your interviewers want you to succeed.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about outside of work?

Patrick: With our first child – a now six-month-old daughter – at home, there’s no question where most of my outside-of-work energy goes. I also love to hit the trails for a run or get lost in a good book.

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