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Cameron Turtle, Associate, Silicon Valley

What were your interests before you came to McKinsey?
As a student, I waffled between interests across science, medicine, and engineering. I wanted to be a doctor, then a professor, then an entrepreneur. I’m still not exactly sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I’d like to continue learning new skills and working with interesting people. Outside the classroom/lab, I enjoy travel, the outdoors, and various sport(s) (plus a love of wine & whiskey that I picked up in Oxford).

What attracted you to McKinsey?
Initially stellar recruiting events and a free trip to a fancy resort in Austria. However, once I learned more about the type of work done at the firm and saw the range of people with whom I’d be working, my interest was piqued. It’s a cool job with lots of room for personal development.

What have you enjoyed doing most during your time here?
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the level of responsibility afforded to early tenure associates at McKinsey, as well as the ultimate influence of my ideas. On my first project, I was face-to-face with the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company presenting strategies that would change the direction of the organization. Work here is not done in a vacuum, it is constantly challenged and strengthened through conversations with the team, the client, and external experts. And when the work is done, it doesn’t sit in a library or lab notebook.

Cameron Turtle

Sarah Gallagher, Junior Associate, London

What were your interests before you came to McKinsey?
I spent five years avoiding a physics lab by cycling, running, sleeping or eating cake as much as possible;), then briefly became a secondary school science teacher.

What attracted you to McKinsey?
I’ve never known what I want to be when I grow up (and I still don't) but consulting was definitely not on my list – I had barely heard of it and didn't even know what McKinsey is. My parents kept nagging me to think about jobs as I finished my PhD, but I really didn’t want to. I saw an email about the Insight programme and a free trip to Austria seemed a great way to appease my parents. I really enjoyed the programme and to my surprise discovered that being a McKinsey consultant could give me everything I wanted from a job – short projects, being able to understand or fix complicated things, being able to work with exceptional people from whom I can learn but most of all being able to make a change. I figured that this is much more appealing than working in a lab by myself, so I applied.

What have you enjoyed doing most during your time here?
I’m still pretty new here but so far it’s great: the work is interesting, I’m learning all the time, the people are very nice and surprisingly I get a lot of responsibility. The problem solving process is similar to scientific research, but on very compressed timescales.  Previously my supervisor would have an idea and I’d spend weeks working on it, but now that takes only hours – so there is definitely no chance of getting bored.  And I've been already staffed on projects abroad - I've always dreamed about working in New York and finally my dreams came true!

Sarah Gallagher

Stephen Meredith, Engagement Manager, Dublin

What were your interests before you came to McKinsey?
Before McKinsey, I filled my days with academic research at the interface of electronic engineering and medicine and filled my free time with squash, travel and catching up with friends.

What attracted you to McKinsey?
Initially, I was drawn to the prospect of working on relatively short projects for a wide range of big name organisations. The Insight programme, which I attended in 2011, confirmed that McKinsey could not only provide the intellectual challenges I wanted but also a diversity of projects and people to keep things interesting day-to-day.

What have you enjoyed doing most during your time here?
The most exciting aspect for me has been the opportunity to work on key projects across a wide range of sectors from healthcare to banking and from the public sector to professional services. I love working with clients to help them define or deliver on their most important projects. For example, I have assisted a professional services firm in evaluating its competitive positioning given changes in the market and helped hospitals and a public service provider to improve care/service quality and efficiency while reducing cost.

Stephen Meredith