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Rex

Junior Engagement Manager, Shanghai

I did not anticipate how hands-on and rewarding McKinsey problem solving can be. I spent three months in a rural area helping an agriculture client build a fertile corn field that benefits the client, the local community, and the environment.

My Path to McKinsey

Prior to McKinsey, I was working as a consultant at Schneider Electric. My focus was accelerating renewable energy in the US. I wanted to help my clients make long-term strategic decisions, but most of my clients sought out traditional management consulting firms for that. Now at McKinsey, I get to support clients on strategy.

Rewarding, meaningful experiences

I did not anticipate how hands-on and rewarding McKinsey problem solving can be. I spent three months in a rural area helping an agriculture client build a world-class, bio-waste recycling practice and doing clean-sheet negotiation with corn farmers. One evening, the client and I were standing over a hand-made map, looking at this barren piece of land. That land would become a fertile corn field and benefit the client, the local community, and the environment. The success of that study is my most rewarding experience at McKinsey.

Developing Professionally

When I first became a Junior Engagement Manager, my AP gave me a mini-book with his learnings as an EM. He wrote, “without you being successful, I wouldn’t be successful.” That really speaks to the value that McKinsey places on people apprenticeship.

The People at McKinsey

My colleagues at McKinsey are so diverse and interesting. On my current team, I have a colleague who was in a rock band, another who was a news anchor, and a third who was a serial entrepreneur.

Education

University of Michigan
MBA
MS, sustainable energy

Fudan University
BEng, environmental engineering