I’m a trained medical doctor from the University of Oslo, where I also studied health management and economics. During my student years I was involved in politics, where I served in local and regional councils, held several positions in the youth party, and interned at the Norwegian parliament. After graduating medical school in 2017, I went on to complete part one of the physician residency program (LIS1), where I worked 12 months in a hospital and six months in a rural health facility in Finnmark before starting at McKinsey.
McKinsey came up as a unique opportunity to combine my passion for health with my interest in business, solving challenging and interesting problems worldwide, surrounded by some of the sharpest and brightest people.
Although I really enjoyed working as a medical doctor, my interests have spanned across multiple areas. McKinsey came up as a unique opportunity to combine my passion for health with my interest in business, solving challenging and interesting problems worldwide, surrounded by some of the sharpest and brightest people.
Due to my medical background, I felt a strong need to develop more competency in business and economics, while also having a desire to develop industry abilities in healthcare and pharmaceuticals. McKinsey has been very supportive in both, and puts great emphasis in our learning and development, with a vast repertoire of opportunities available. During my first months, I’ve had a tremendous leap in learning the basic consulting toolkit—like problem-solving, analysis, and synthesis—while being followed up closely, and ensuring that I’m always learning and developing.
Advice for applying to McKinsey
Before learning about McKinsey, I couldn’t imagine my medical background could be interesting or useful in management consulting. However, we acquire useful skills through our training—like problem solving skills through diagnosis—and communication skills through patient exposure. In addition, you have an extra edge in understanding healthcare. I would recommend applying, as even though you’re not in the clinic, you get to solve large-scale problems in the health system and for the well-being of patients, while also working with talented and interesting people, enjoying a great learning experience and tremendous development.
University of Oslo