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Why McKinsey, why Prague?

Miron answers to encourage you to apply for Global Connect, our newest event for graduate students and professionals in N America who want to make a difference in a fast–growing, global market.

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Miron came to McKinsey in Prague after completing his MBA at the University of California Anderson School of Management. This self–proclaimed “problem–solving pit bull“ wanted the opportunity to make a big difference in his home country, while balancing his home–life with four young children. If you want similar opportunities in fast–growing global markets and you (will) have an advanced degree from a university in North America and/or at least two years of work experience in the US, apply for Global Connect – our newest event to bring the world of McKinsey to you.

Why did you choose McKinsey?

Three reasons. The smartest people work here. They really are the best and most supportive group of people I’ve ever met. Second, the firm provides endless learning and growth opportunities. I’ve attended more than 5 weeks of training already – everything from how to be a good consultant (when I first joined) to specific classes about Alteryx, organizational design, leadership, etc. Finally, McKinsey opens doors if I ever decide to move on to do something else. The alumni network of 30,000+ globally is the biggest and most well connected among the major consulting firms. I know people in Prague who used to work at McKinsey that are now working in everything from manufacturing to pharma to government and would be at the ready to help me consider my next steps whenever I want. It’s inspiring and comforting.

Why did you choose to join McKinsey in Prague?

After living abroad for many years, I didn’t need a big excuse (like an excellent job offer) to move back to Prague. I missed it. I felt like I could make a bigger difference for my clients in Central Europe. In the US, I would be part of a team brought into an organization to address maybe 5% of a client’s problems; in the Czech Republic, I could add greater value to a much broader spectrum of issues. The need was and is much bigger.

What are some of the things you’ve done since you joined?

Over the last two years, I have intentionally explored a wide variety of industries, functions, and locations to best decide, when the time comes, in what I want to specialize. Though my background is mostly in sales and marketing, I’ve explored strategy, operations and organisations work. I’ve served clients in industries ranging from basic materials to high–tech, across Central and Western Europe. It’s been a great ride.

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Give one word that best describes how you work.

Pitbull. I bite and don’t let go until the problem is solved.

What’s one thing that’s surprising about your career?

When I was hired, I was already in my 30s, with four young children. Here I am, more than two years later, happy at McKinsey and at home. I have found great balance and feel genuinely fulfilled in my personal and professional life.

What do you love to do outside work?

I like to exercise every day, if possible. This is surprisingly easier when I’m traveling for a client project then when I am at home. When I am on the road, I can get up early and walk down the stairs to the hotel gym, instead of waking up with someone jumping on my chest and my tribe demanding a hot breakfast! I also love to play board games, and with four kids, I never run out of gaming buddies.

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More about Miron:

Miron earned his undergraduate degree in communications from California State University at Northridge. He began his career in the leisure industry, managing high–end health clubs in Prague and California, then earned his MBA at the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. He speaks four languages (Czech, English, Slovak and Spanish). In addition to exercising and playing board games, he loves squash, soccer, and studying history.