I am starting at McKinsey early June after securing a Junior Associate role. My background is qualitative in nature as I have just completed a PhD in History. To be frankly honest I was surprised with the JA role as I assumed I would start as a Business Analyst. However, I was told my PhD qualified me even though I only have about 1 year of experience.
I am terrified of starting at the firm specifically as I struggle with quantitive methods, I know enough to have passed the interview but I don't think enough to be completely comfortable with it especially mental math. Another aspect is that I have only used excel for minial tasks and nothing major so I worry about starting with no experience using it.
My question is, how is onboarding and training like for new joiners at McKinsey; what are the skills that you gain from it and what is the duration like? How is the support like for those of us without a business background. I am a fast learner, I just worry about the expectations that I should know more coming in. Additionally, how are you staffed in your first project does that happen directly after onboarding?
Thank you in advance.