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Eva Novotná

Junior Associate, Prague

I have discovered passions that I would like to develop further: digital strategies and heavily client-based studies, where we can coach clients and co-create with them—be it a strategy or a new digital capability.

Choosing McKinsey

To be able to work on digital projects was a decisive factor when I was considering my job prospects. I graduated with a business information management degree from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. I really love the overlap between business and technology. McKinsey is a fantastic option for fresh graduates who would like to learn from very smart people, and discover new, exciting topics. I have certainly expanded my horizons, discovered my passions that I would like to develop further: digital strategies and heavily client-based studies, where we can coach clients and co-create with them—be it a strategy or a new digital capability.

Memorable experiences

On my very first day with the firm, I met our Prague McKinsey digital partner. It was great that he made time for me, to get to know me. And right at the beginning, I learned about my first project—a cool digital study for a Czech client. It was great to experience the “New McKinsey” first-hand. Our team included developers, designers, architects, and agile coaches, on top of business consultants.

A truly global firm

Since I joined the company about a year and half ago, I’ve been lucky to have worked on quite a few exciting projects. One of them is my current study in Japan, a large-scale agile project. The fact that I got this opportunity abroad is a testament to the power of the network within the company. I was recommended by a senior colleague with whom I’d worked before.

Discovering new interests

The topics I’ve had most exposure to are mostly focused on ‘the way of working’: making companies work better, more effectively, using our firm’s methodology. Such projects require change management, an ambition at the board level to re-shape their strategy, to change their way of thinking. The top management then needs to motivate their employees, help them become excited about the change in the way they work, and, as a result, help them find more enjoyment at work.

EDUCATION

Erasmus University, Rotterdam
MSc, information management
BSc, international business administration