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Received McKinsey's offer!

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New answer on Jan 15, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 31, 2020

Hello Preplounge community,

Sorry if this is not the right forum to ask about this but I'm a medical doctor that received Mckinsey's offer to work as a generalist. However, I have been getting a lot of advice lately from people in my field that I might enjoy the years at Mckinsey although after leaving it would difficult to find a job, maybe it would be possible only in Healthcare policy. I would like to hear your opinion on this matter as there are many consultants here who joined consulting from different fields. Thank you!

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Francesco
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replied on Aug 01, 2020
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Hi there,

Congrats on your offer. Your exits will be influenced by the projects you do. You won’t have full control over them, but you can express your interests and the company usually tries to accommodate them.

I helped people that before joining MBB were professional musicians, soldiers and doctors. They all did pretty well.

If you want to see exactly what people are doing after a path as doctors + McKinsey, my suggestion is to have a look on LinkedIn to their career path for your specific country.

Best,

Francesco

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Ian
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replied on Aug 04, 2020
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Hi there,

First, congratulations! Well done :)

I actually know quite a few doctors that have pivoted into MBB and are happy with their experience. Doctors seem to do well for whatever reason.

I certainly agree that you would likely not go back into being a practicing doctor. If you were looking to gain business experience in order to open up your own practice, manage a hospital, etc. an MBA may be a better route.

However, it is not at all true that you will only find work in Healthcare possible. McKinsey famously opens up the doors to a myriad jobs/careers - you just need to chart your path during your time at the company.

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Anonymous replied on Aug 03, 2020

Dear A,

First of all, my congratulations to your McKinsey offer. This is really great job! Really well done!

What a bull-sheet other people said to you. In fact it's not true. McKinsey will open you so many doors in this life for your future career. You would literally would be able to get any possible job with this experience in your resume.

You will also get very great exit options after 2-3-5 or even more years. It depends on how long do you like to stay with the company.

Actually, I can give you some tips and hints for your long-term career planning if you want to. Just drop me a line and I'm happy to share my insights.

Best,
André

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Robert
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replied on Aug 02, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

Just because you have McKinsey on your CV doesn't mean everyone is waiting you afterwards - but it definitely helps, that's out of question.

However, especially if you are joining as generalist you need to manage your career and try to get on projects fitting into your long-term career objectives. The staffing might not always work out exactly that way, but at least you need to work in that direction. And this will ultimately determine your profile when leaving McKinsey, and thus the offers you can get.

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Sidi
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updated an answer on Jul 31, 2020
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Denis
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replied on Jan 15, 2021
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Congrats on the offer! Most doctors I know in MBB tend to do well. Exit options (not going back to being a doctor) has never been a problem for those who left MBB.

I d be very pro-active about shaping (to the extent possible) your career at McK and beyond. Couple of thoughts around this. Bottom-line: Do Not Reinvent The Wheel!

(1) Ask McK colleagues: start talking to future McK colleagues NOW. You received the offer and should not hesitate to reach out to HR, ppl you already know from that office, or even LinkedIn to find ppl that you would like to talk to. HR will be likely happy to connect you to ppl you d like to speak to, same goes for practically anyone from your local office. They will most likely be willing to speak to you. Ask those individuals (perhaps some are former doctors, perhaps some purused interesting exit options after McK that you find interesting).

(2) MENTORING: I am not talking about those non-sense formal programs that all MBB firms are offering. I am talking about you finding someone and convincing someone to take you under his wing to become better at anything you do and someone you can talk through all major decisions. I always made sure that I had as many mentors (for different aspects) as possible. Mentors should be ppl you admire, perhaps ppl that demonstrate certain skills you love, mentors should be both some advanced juniors and senior partners / MDs. Different mentors for different purposes. Do not reinvent the wheel, leverage their experience.

(3) Headhunter: Most people treat headhunters like real estate agents, they only talk to them whenever they need them, mostly ad-hoc and mostly very transactional. Make it a habit to talk to headhunters perhaps once every 6 months in the beginning, at some point once a quarter. Just for a coffee or a lunch. Headhunters know each other, you will likely be on their minds if sth comes up. Also they ll use you by asking you if you d know someone for a specific opportunity in you local office. Once the time comes, you ll get a better and more friendly treatment by the typically otherwise more transactional headhunters.

Best,
Denis

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Anonymous B replied on Jan 15, 2021

Hi

first off all a big congratulations on your offer!!

how you managed as a doctor to get into McKinsey ?

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