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– I joined McKinsey about four months ago. I love problem solving and I wanted complex challenges to solve. I was eager to travel and work on a variety of things, with different technology stacks and people. I believe becoming an expert in versatility is the key to a successful and fulfilling career.

Since I joined Digital Labs so recently, I have only experienced one engagement, although I feel like I have 100 stories from it! As the sole developer on the project, I had to make quick decisions when technical complications arose. It gave me a great sense of responsibility and confidence in my decision-making process.

Since I’ve never worked in consulting before, I didn’t know what an engagement manager was; learning to work with one has given me a more holistic view of the project and shown me how important communication and transparency are in a team. In addition, there are many senior developers in the firm for me to emulate. There’s a wealth of knowledge here and it’s all very accessible. I’ve never worked anywhere that’s offered such variety – in the work, people or technology. I can switch industries, learn a new language, visit a new country and work with new teams every few months. For someone like me who gets bored easily, it’s the perfect environment.

I’m figuring out what my long-term aspirations are but right now I’m focused on getting as good technically as I can so I can blend those skills with my new–found consulting skills to be a well–rounded super developer. And outside of the office, I’m learning to become a helicopter pilot.

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About Nikki

Nikki is a senior digital consulting analyst in London. She’s tried a lot of hobbies, including boxing, rock climbing, Rubik’s cube solving and Sudoku and the one that’s stuck is flying. She has flown planes, gliders and a helicopter, and hopes to continue lessons until she’s a certified helicopter pilot.

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