How did your adventure with McKinsey start and develop?
I joined McKinsey after working for about three years in the foreign relations department of a public sector institution. I wanted to continue that path as I love multicultural environments and international cooperation in general. McKinsey and its EMEA Shared Services were able to offer it ... and so much more! I started as an executive assistant, supporting McKinsey partners from all over Europe and beyond. Later I moved to the business operations support team as an administrator. My focus is on organizing and managing meetings, conferences, and other events for various expert groups within the firm.
What responsibilities and challenges does your role involve?
I am kind of unique within my team: instead of being assigned to a specific practice, I work on a project basis, supporting multiple teams representing different practices.
Every team has specific needs and requires support in a different area, so I need to constantly broaden my perspective and skill set, e.g., by quickly learning a new IT tool or getting familiar with a conference topic that's completely new to me. Very often I jump into a project at an advanced stage, not knowing much about the team's way of working or previous steps taken to push the project forward. While this is a challenge, it's exciting to bring an expert touch that enables the project to be fully realized.
What do you like the most about working at EMEA Shared Services?
It's an open environment that values diversity and appreciates people for their unique skills and talents. You are trusted and can work independently with no one controlling every step you take. I love meeting people from all over the world. It's lots of fun but also a great opportunity to broaden your horizon. In Poznań office and McKinsey in general you are an important link in a network of interests, opportunities, people, cultures, professional backgrounds...
Can you share an interesting fact or observation about the local office and your role in it?
It always comes as a surprise to me how many opportunities this place can offer. There is great demand for talented individuals who want to achieve real impact in what they are doing. If you find yourself wanting to do something new - whether it is a minor shift in your current duties, an entirely new role, or just involvement in an interesting initiative - you can do it easily. There's a true abundance of offers and opportunities out there to explore.