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Geng Wang

Geng Wang

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, Pittsburgh, PA. Initially worked 2008-2010; rejoined the firm in 2015.

EDUCATION

BA, Michigan State University Honors College, Finance and International Relations (James Madison College) (2008); MBA, Harvard Business School (2015)

WHY CONSULTING

“I originally joined McKinsey in 2008 as a business analyst.  I joined because it sounded like a dream job at the time – doing high impact projects across a multitude of industries, functions, locations while working with very senior clients.  I was extremely excited at the idea of learning about so many industries and functions as I did not know at the time if I wanted to dedicate my career to a particular industry.  In addition, I always wanted to start my own business so I thought learning about and understanding different industries might inspire my next business idea.

I rejoined McKinsey after my MBA because I truly missed the people I worked with – people who are driven, passionate, smart, and largely down-to-earth.  In addition, as I reflected on my two years as an analyst, I realized I had learned and grown a tremendous amount and wanted to experience that type of development again.  There are no firms I know that invest as much in its people as McKinsey.”

ONE THING LEARNED AT MSU THAT HAS AIDED CAREER

“At MSU I had my most memorable experiences when I acted upon opportunities when they presented themselves.  For example, when one of my classmates and I got really excited about starting a business together, we decided to actually do it.  We ended up losing money on the idea, but it is still one of the experiences I look back on most fondly.  I have continued to practice this throughout my career.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE IN CONSULTING CAREER

“I think the biggest surprise when I first joined was how much work you have to do at times!  While I have enjoyed consulting quite a bit, it can be a tough lifestyle.  I specifically remember a one-month period where I regularly worked from 8:00 am – 2:00 am each day.  Beyond the long hours, I think the biggest surprise has been the diverse and interesting backgrounds of my colleagues.”

ADVICE TO SOMEONE ASPIRING TO CONSULTING CAREER

“For someone looking to get in, practice lots of cases, then practice some more.  For folks successful in entering the industry, I would say optimize your staffing and engagements by connecting with great project managers.  They will define your experience.”


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