New talent to explore opportunities at McKinsey Expedition event

21 June 2019 3 min. read
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An event to be hosted in Austria is set to give 75 people the chance to see if life in a consulting firm suits them. Taking place in September, McKinsey Expedition will allow professionals mulling a career change to learn more about the world of strategy consulting, as well as McKinsey’s implementation, digital, M&A and turnaround offerings.

With competition for talent continuing to heat up across Europe, firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces. At the same time, consulting firms have upped their game in terms of innovating their recruitment process, to help make candidates feel valued and supported while ensuring every hire is a perfect fit for the firm.

McKinsey Expedition

In line with this, McKinsey Expedition is aimed at ensuring the company can find recruits who are well adjusted to life in strategy consulting, despite coming from other industries. From September 13-15, 2019, the Alpine University in Kitzbühel, Austria will play host to 75 professionals with fewer than ten years of work experience, late stage PhD and Master’s students, and postdoctoral students looking to experience the topics McKinsey & Company consultants work on, as well as the changing way they collaborate with clients.

Those in attendance will find out about strategy consulting, the backgrounds and fields of study of McKinsey’s consultants, and its implementation, digital, design, mergers & acquisitions, and restructuring service lines. Participants will also receive a mixture of workshops (including one where they build their own advanced analytics model), leadership training sessions on centred leadership, negotiation and top-down communication, and social activities including biking, climbing and hiking along the course of the famous Streif winter race track.

According to testimonials from McKinsey’s website, its Expedition event is a “great combination of really hands-on workshops and some theoretical knowledge,” while it also presents an excellent chance to build a business network. One participant related that even while “you are with 100 people… you can immediately connect with them.” Another said “I will go back with a lot more contacts... I have learned a lot about McKinsey, but also a lot of other things which I can use in my daily life.”

Illustrating the opportunity the event embodies, one participant who since became a member of McKinsey’s Amsterdam Office said, “The Expedition event was amazing, not only did I get to learn more about McKinsey as a company, but I also got to meet incredible people from all over Europe. However, what I loved most about Expedition actually happened about a year after the event took place. By that time, I’d done the interviews, got an offer and officially started my introductory weeks at McKinsey.”