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Reputation of Specialist consulting role at McKinsey?

Anonymous A asked on Aug 04, 2018 - 1 answer

I have the opportunity to join McKinsey as a Specialist on the "Partner-Electable" Expert track. The role is exclusively client-facing, and the assignments / training opportunities appear very similar to the "standard" generalist consultant.

I do not have an MBA, but advanced degrees in other fields, and performed well throughout the series of case study interviews.

Can anyone provide insight on:

(1) how the specialist role looks in terms of prestige/reputation on the CV?

(2) exit options back into industry

(3) whether this is a seems like a good development opportunity

I found some information on McKinsey business lines in the following post:

Any comments are appreciated.


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The thread that you've mentioned is great and covers basically everything. Answering your specific questions:

1) Same. HRs don't know the internal McKinsey structure so for them it's the same brand and career path

2) There will be fewer options (since you are concentrated on a narrow topic) but better exit opportunities. It's especially relevant in the US where the companies like subject matter experts

3) Of course. Equally as good as the generalist role


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